Castlemilk Auxiliary Milirtary Hospital. © RCAHMS.
Hospitals relied on the support of the public.

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard began to publish reports about local men who were in hospital after being wounded or had been killed in action. From 1914 into 1915, the numbers began to increase, as did the reports of men arriving at Auxiliary Military Hospitals in the area.

Some of the main Auxiliary Hospitals in the region were Broomlands Auxiliary Hospital, Dumfries; Castlemilk Auxiliary Hospital, Lockerbie; Drumlanrig Auxiliary Hospital, Thornhill; Dryfeholm Auxiliary Hospital, Lockerbie (Officers); Dunbar Terrace Auxiliary Hospital, Dumfries; Kinmount Auxiliary Hospital, Annan; Lockerbie Auxiliary Hospital; Maxwelltown Auxiliary Hospital, Dumfries; and Moffat Auxiliary Hospital.

These hospitals relied on the support of the public and the matron of Drumlanrig Auxiliary Military Hospital, for example, expressed her thanks on behalf of her patients for gifts of bread, scones, cake, chocolate, cigarettes, matches, oranges, tea, biscuits, magazines, eggs, biscuits, tomatoes, plants, apples, shortbread, jelly, butter, potatoes, sweets, a gas stove, socks, black puddings, kidneys, haggis, jam, golf clubs and balls, a walking stick, sugar, marmalade, tarts, vegetables, tray cloths.

The newspaper printed a letter Miss Monteith of Moniaive received from her brother, Captain Hugh Monteith, RAMC, describing how terrific fighting had led to a very heavy casualty list, especially among the officers, eight of whom were killed in one night. The Germans agreed for a halt to collect the wounded.

© Alistair McEwen