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Which hospital might this have been?
« on: Sunday 11 October 20 19:14 BST (UK) »
       My grandmother wrote a letter in July 1940, when she was a Volunteer Nurse at a Glasgow hospital.
I am trying to discover which hospital it might have been.      I will quote part of her letter, which is dated July, 1940.

       "I am very busy in hospital.   We have quite a lot of Polish Soldiers & Airmen in at present.    The ones I am nursing are all officers, Commandants, Majors, Lieutenants etc etc.   We also have Australian & New Zealanders who have Pnemonia & various other troubles.    Then there are French, Greek and a very few British.

        It is a lovely hospital and the work is very interesting.   I am endeavoring to teach a Major how to read and speak English and in doing so am becoming conversant in Polish."

        Then she finishes the letter.       My grandmother was living in the east end of Glasgow at the time, and her father and grandfather had both been doctors.      I am curious to know which hospital this was.    Does anyone have any idea where this might have been?       
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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 11 October 20 19:47 BST (UK) »
The only military hospital I can find in Glasgow was Cowglen.

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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 11 October 20 20:33 BST (UK) »
Some details on it here, Crumblie www.qaranc.co.uk/bmh_cowglen_glasgow.php

Can't easily see so far any other dedicated military hospitals in WW2 in Glasgow.

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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 11 October 20 21:02 BST (UK) »
      I have seen this page before but there are no visible signs of anything on the main, visible pages for 1940 - but I think I will have a deeper look at all the other stuff on this site.       There seems to be a great deal of information, but I just had doubts that it was up and running in 1940.      I will study it.     

       Thanks, both of you!
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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 11 October 20 22:42 BST (UK) »
          I saw a comment that said "At the beginning of the war, Cowglen was commandeered as a Military Hospital for American forces."
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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 11 October 20 23:02 BST (UK) »
The one that springs to mind is Belvidere Hospital on London Road (East End area) it was certainly a military hospital during WWI and may have been used in WWII. My great-aunt worked there during WWI nursing soldiers who had infectious diseases - typhoid, that sort of thing.
Paterson, Torrance, Gilchrist - Hamilton Lanarkshire. 
McCallum - Oban, McKechnie - Ross of Mull Argyll.
Scrim - Perthshire. 
Liddell - Polmont,
Binnie - Muiravonside Stirlingshire.
Curran, McCafferty, Stevenson, McCue - Co Donegal
Gibbons, Weldon - Co Mayo.
Devlin - Co Tyrone.
Leonard - County Donegal & Glasgow.

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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #6 on: Monday 12 October 20 07:06 BST (UK) »
     That would be more like it.      It would be a ride on a tram, and a short walk down from the Parkhead area.    I know Belvidere quite well - I visited a friend in it a few times, and I worked an allotment right beside it for 5 years, back in the 1980's.     

      I am living in the same house my grandmother was living in in 1940.     

      I will try some googles to try to find out more about Belvidere.    Thanks a lot.

     
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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 13 October 20 11:34 BST (UK) »
Maybe Lightburn Hospital

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Re: Which hospital might this have been?
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 13 October 20 11:41 BST (UK) »
          I saw a comment that said "At the beginning of the war, Cowglen was commandeered as a Military Hospital for American forces."

The U.S. didn't enter the war until December 1941