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The 3rd Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow



Stobhill Hospital, in Glasgow, was opened in 1904, and requisitioned in 1914 as the 3rd and 4th Scottish General Hospitals under RAMC Territorials. Wounded troops, brought from the continent by train, arrived at a temporary platform on a railway siding which ran into the grounds of the hospital. The 3rd had 70 Officer Beds and 1629 Other Ranks beds. The military staff left in 1919 and the hospital reverted to civilian use in 1920.

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List of those who served at the 3rd Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow during The Great War



List of those who were treated at the 3rd Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow during The Great War

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Pte. Walter Bollands 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment

Walter Bollands of Middlesbrough, enlisted on 14/09/1915, age 16 years & 9 months. He was posted to the 3/5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment was a Depot/training units formed in Northallerton and Scarborough, April and March 1915, transferred 08/02/1916 to 5th Yorkshire regiment.

He went to France, Embarking from Southampton with 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment to Rouen. On the 1st of Aug 1916 Aged 17, he saw action on the Somme in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette with the 5th Bat Yorkshire Reg. Between the 7th and 17th August 1916 the 5th Battalion moved from Kemmel to Millencourt, a village just West of Albert in the Somme. On the 11 Aug 1916, Walter joined 150th Machine Gun Corps Frances 50th (Northumbrian) Division, 150th (York & Durham) Brigade and was in action on the 16th Sep 1916 on the Somme in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette (15th-22nd September) The following day, 17 Sep 1916 he recievd a Gun shot wound to the back, and was sent to Le Treport on the French coast which was the site for some significant hospital provision.

In the 1 Oct 1916 issue of the Green Howard Gazette, Walter is amongst those listed in Sept - Oct 1916. On the 5th Oct 1916 he was admitted to the Scottish National Red Cross Hospital, Cardonald, Glasgow. But on the 6 Oct 1916 there is a AFW 3016 Army form authorising a wounded man to return to duty and he was posted to 87 Territorial Forces Depot.

On the 16th of Nov 1916 He joined the Highland Light Infantry 2/5th (City of Glasgow) Battalion who were at Danbury, going on to the Curragh in January 1917, Dublin in August, and back to the Curragh in November 1917. On the 20th of Feb 1918 Walter was posted to 14th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (120th Brigade 40th Division) (202902) in France. On the 1st of Mar 1918 The battalion moved into the front line at Fleurbaix relieving 2/10th K.O.L.R.

On the 9th of Apr 1918, then aged 19, Walter;s Service record shows him as reported missing. Walter Bollands was taken Prisoner of War after the Battle of the Lys, when the Portugeuse line collapsed and was taken to a German POW camp April 1918.

Paul Bollands



L/Cpl. Angus Turner 4th Seaforth Highlanders

My grandfather, Angus Turner, served in WW1 with the 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders. On 22 Sept 1914 while living at 2 Morrison St, Glasgow & working as a grocer's assistant, Angus enlisted in the Army. He underwent his medical test on the 23rd September 1914, which he passed as fit. On the medical form it states that he was 5ft 7in tall and in good health. He was subsequentially posted to D Company, 1/4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Territorial Reserve). His Regimental number was 2294.

October 1914 - Angus was transferred from Dingwall to Bedford in Bedfordshire, UK to continue his training. The majority of the Battalion had been located at Bedford since 15 August 1914 pending being sent overseas, as had the Cameron Brigade (Highland Division).

8.30pm 5 Nov 1914 – The Battalion embarked for Havre, France on the SS City of Dunkirk, arriving at midday on 6th Nov 1914. However, due to a cipher radio message error they did not disembark from the vessel until 8.30am 7 Nov 1914. Once ashore at Havre they marched (to the tunes of Dornoch Links & The Black Bear) to Bleville Rest Camp 4 miles away.

Angus & his Battalion were involved in the Defence of Givenchy, the battle of Neuve Chappelle, the battle Aubers Ridge, the Battle of Loos and the Battle of the Somme. During 5 days at High Wood the Battalions causalities were 18 killed, 167 wounded and 9 missing. Sometime between the 24 & 26 July 1916 Angus was wounded in action. He received a gunshot wound to his right foot. On the 30th July 1916 Angus was transported back to England & then onto hospital in Glasgow. 1 Aug 1916 - Angus was admitted to No 3 Scottish General Hospital - Oakbank War Hospital, Possil Rd, Glasgow where he stayed recovering from his wounds for a period of 78 days.

17 Oct 1916 – Angus was discharged from Oakbank Hospital and was granted 10 days furlough. His leave form states his address while on leave as 2 Morrison St, Glasgow which is where his parents lived. On the same form he is considered fit for Light Duty, Class II. His form has been signed by Captain D W Torrance, Royal Army Medical Corp

There is a gap between 27 Oct 1916 and 5 April 1917 where I cannot find any information as to his movements. It seems he was classed as B1 medically which means he was not fit for active service but fit to stay in the Army. There is a handwritten transfer form, which Angus completed stating he served overseas for 1 year & 10 months (Nov 1914 – Oct 1916).

5 April 1917 – Angus was posted to C Company 2/4 Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. This Battalion did not serve overseas, it was formed to supply trained men to the 1/4th Seaforths in France. As a Lance Corporal Angus may have been responsible for carrying out training and instruction to new recruits.

12 Nov 1917 - Angus was transferred for "Special Programme" to the 460th Agricultural Company, Labour Corp in Ayr, Scotland. His Regimental number in the Agricultural Company was 489631

Following the war Angus married Jane Pollock and with two children they emigrated to New Zealand where they had two more children. Angus passed away in 1947 and is buried at Bromley Cemetry, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wayne Turner



Guardsman Robert Fyfe Geddes Scots Guards

Robert Fyfe Geddes was born 30 March 1891 in the civil parish of Auchenblae, Kincardineshire. His mother was Jessie Geddes and his father is not known.

On 17 May 1915, at age 24, Robert Fyfe Geddes enlisted in the Scots Regiment of Foot Guards (Scots Guards). Up to the time of enlistment, he had been employed at Glengall Asylum in Ayrshire as an attendant.

His WWI pension file shows that he was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound in his left arm on 13 October 1916, and was discharged back to active duty. He was gassed on 14 September 1918 and admitted to hospital in Boulogne, France for treatment. He was evacuated to the UK in November 1918 and spent time in Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, which had originally been a workhouse. Robert’s Medal Index Card and the UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 show his rank of Guardsman with the Scots Guards and that he was entitled to the Victory Medal and British Medal.

After calling of the banns, Robert Fyfe Geddes married Annie Young on 05 February 1918 in Berryhill Toll, Civil Parish of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. The marriage registration shows that Annie Young was born c. 1888, the daughter of Archibald Young, road surfaceman, and Annie Walker. Annie Young’s occupation on the marriage registration was “nurse”. Robert Fyfe Geddes and Annie Young had one daughter, Lily Young Geddes, born c. 1922.

Robert Fyfe Geddes died in 1971 in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

Patsy Javor










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