Joined: 19 Dec 2006
Location: Hawick, Scotland
|Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:58 pm Post subject: WW1 Scottish Medical Database
The online database contains over 3000 records of Scottish doctors who registered to provide civilian cover, or were intending to enter active service, many of which make fascinating reading. These include -
Dr William Gibson, from Campbelltown, Argyll (then aged 91) and Dr James Logie from Kirkwall, Orkney (then aged 95) who, despite their ages, offered to provide part-time civilian medical cover;
Dr Marion Gilchrist, Buckingham Terrace, Glasgow, a GP who in 1894 had been the first woman to gain a medical degree in Scotland (from the newly-opened Medical School at Queen Margaret College, Glasgow). After the war she went on to become an ophthalmic surgeon at Redlands Hospital for Women;
Dr Mary MacNicol, Leven, Fife, who volunteered to provide cover so as to enable her husband to undertake military duty; and
Dr Alexander Fraser, Falkirk, a famous bagpipe collector, part of whose collection was donated to the Royal Scottish Museum in 1947.
Other entries highlighted the extreme pressures which Scottish doctors were under in providing civilian cover during the war i.e. “My partner (in my medical practice) died one month ago and I am carrying on his work, and my own work, and am also doing part work of two medical men who are on active service and also attending sick or wounded soldiers at home on furlough”.
Time but th' impression stronger makes, As streams their channels deeper wear.