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As a 5 year old I was evacuated from Mearnskirk Hospital,Glasgow to The Garrison, Millport in 1939. I am anxious to know if anyone has any memory of this Hospital.
Jim Shaw, now living in Stafford, England
I'm not a local but there is some in formation about the hospital in a book 'Some Cumbrae Yesterdays'. by JRD Campbell.It would appear that you and many others would have been brought to Millport on the Queen Mary II in 1939. Emergency accommodation was set up in the Garrison and the cathedral athough the book indicates that boarding houses were initially used. St Andrew's house on the site of the current Catholic church was then used as a more permanent hospital.
Hope this helps a bit.
Like Jim Shaw, I was evacuated from Mearnskirk Hospital to the Garrison in Millport in 1939. I was admitted to Mearnskirk with TB in 1938.
I am now approaching my eightieth birthday and would love to hear from anyone who was involved in that evacuation.
I was left with fused left hip joint and a shorter left leg.
I wasn't involved (wasn't born till 1960) but my father was Dr McIntyre who moved to Millport soon after graduating ... don't know exactly, but likely early 40s. He was a bone-and-joint TB specialist and worked at the Garrison and then St Andrew's Home till it closed. I remember him talking admirably of Dr Paul, "my old chief", and of Dr Crerar, a colleague.
I've renewed my interest in my father's life and work at Millport, so would welcome any info and memories anybody has of him
Thanks - Martin
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