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Cowdon; Coldoun; Cowdoun
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The War Effort

Like most large country homes during the first World War,, Cowden Hall served as a convalescence home, in this case to British and Belgian soldiers (Bobbins and Threads 2009).

Little is recorded of the scale and impact of this development on Neilston life, but we can imagine that the Home brought new activity to the village in terms of domestic and auxiliary work and those in the nursing profession.

The War and British Red Cross
At the outbreak of the First World War, the British Red Cross and the Order of St John of Jerusalem combined to form the Joint War Committee to pool resources under the protection of the Red Cross emblem. Because the British Red Cross had secured buildings, equipment and staff, the organisation was able to set up temporary hospitals as soon as wounded men began to arrive from abroad. The buildings varied widely, ranging from town halls and schools to large and small private houses, both in the country and in cities. The most suitable ones were established as auxiliary hospitals.

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