Stirlingshire Highlight

Stirlingshire Highlight

Argyll's Lodging at Stirling Castle. © Crown Copyright: RCAHMS. Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk.
A number of large houses were converted into hospitals during the war.

Convalescent soldiers were a familiar sight in Stirlingshire. They wore bright blue blue single-breasted jacket with a white lining - worn open at the neck, blue trousers, a white shirt and a red tie. To complete the outfit they continued to wear thier own service headgear with its regimental badge. The suit was known as the 'blue invalid uniform', 'hospital suit', 'convalescent blues' or 'hospital blues'. Curiously - it usually had no pockets!

The Blues served an important propagandistic function during the war, helping to put the wounded on public display and to facilitate public appreciation of their service to King and Country.

In Stirlingshire, a number of large houses were converted into hospitals during the war.

Appeals were launched for furniture and fittings.

These were some of the main hospital in Stirlingshire:

  • Arnothill Auxiliary Hospital, Falkirk
  • Denny Auxiliary Hospital
  • Falkirk Infirmary Auxiliary Hospital
  • Hyndwood Auxiliary Hospital, Bridge-of-Allan
  • Royal Infirmary Auxiliary Hospital, Stirling
  • Southwood Auxiliary Hospital, Stirling (Officers)
  • Stirling Military Hospital (Argyll's Lodging)
  • Stirling Royal Infirmary Auxiliary Hospital
  • Wallside Auxiliary Hospital, Falkirk