On the 12th August 1897, an Alfred Gallienne of St. Peter-in-the-Wood was fined for non-compliance with the law on compulsory vaccination in the case of his infant along with a couple of other dad’s. This was reported in Guernsey’s local paper.

A few things struck me as interesting:

  • I was not aware of compulsory vaccination as early as 1897.
  • Was it mainly the father’s responsibility in those days?

I am curious to know which vaccination this was?

I wonder if this is the Alfred Gallienne I have on my tree. In 1897 Alfred William Gallienne (b.1st September 1868) was 28 years old and had a one year old and a new born. Was this him? Or was it his father ( my great great great grandfather) Alfred H. W. Gallienne who at the age of 56 had a 4 year old daughter? Here is the excerpt from the paper (sorry I can’t remember where I got this from exactly):

Here is a link to a website called The History of Vaccines that has a timeline: https://www.historyofvaccines.org/timeline/all

It may have been typhoid which was established in 1896.

Anyway, if you know more, I’d love to hear from you.


Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hello Cousin,My Mother had a dear friend who was a Gallienne. I believe all the St Peters lot are related. I will ask her nephew.He may not know mind.Best wishesCarol 😍😃Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    1. Thanks,I appreciate your response.Supposedly ancestors in France(Gallienne),migrated to England and Ireland.There they changed last name to G a l l I o n and other last names after reaching America.

      Eddie Galyon

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