Decoration for a Blantyre Nurse


Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 22.37.42During mid March 1917, sister Miss Margaret M. Houston was awarded the Royal Red Cross decoration in recognition of valuable services in connection with World War One.

She gained her nursing experience Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, afterwards spending three years in Westminster Nursing Home. At the outbreak of the war she transferred to the Red Cross Society. Miss Houston was the first Blantyre lady to receive this decoration and she was soon after, under orders to go India.

Her parents, Mr and Mrs Hugh Houston, resided at Nanoevale Cottage, Blantyre.

4 responses to “Welcome to the Blantyre Project

  1. Wilma and her parents lived next door to my sister Alice. Perfect neighbours and a lovely family. I remember Wilma from Calder Street school.
    Chatted with her parents a few times over the fence on some of my trips. 1982 when I was back for the Junior Cup final, which of course, the ‘VICS won! A bit more than a chat, more like a blether!

  2. I am in touch with Hughina now and again via e mail, I met up with Hughina a few years ago for lunch at the Avonbridge in Hamilton during one of my trips. A lovely lady.
    She has 2 sons who share my passion in football.

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