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Bermondsey 1915

Report on the sanitary condition of the Borough of Bermondsey for the year 1915

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In this connection the number of rooms disinfected were 315
and the bedding and bed-clothing disinfected comprised 1,226
articles. 84 articles of clothing were also disinfected for vermin
and infectious diseases.
The close connection between the health of the civil and the
military population was not fully appreciated in 1914, but with the
increase in the number of soldiers both on the continent and in
training this became of paramount importance. This has been
most noticeable in the recruiting of medical men for the R.A.M.C.,
which work was handed over by the War Office to the British
Medical Association. The latter body on the whole has done the
work efficiently, and while anxious to get doctors for the military
requirements have not neglected the wants of the civil population.
Smoke Nuisances.
88 observations were kept on chimneys and 29 notices served.

House Refuse. The following table shows the amount of house and trade refuse disposed of during the year ended December, 1915:-

House Refuse—Tons.Cwts.Qrs.
Bermondsey Destructor11,157 loads.17,86861
Taken to shoot361 „577120
Total11,518 „18,445181
Trade Refuse—
Bermondsey Destructor2,414 loads.1,49532
Taken to shoot2,846 „3,130120
Total5,260 „4,625152

Offensive Trades. The offensive trades on the Register are as follows:-

Tripe boiler1
Manure manufacturer1
Glue and size makers4
Fat melters4