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Christina Barrowman

Biography of Christina Barrowman

Christina Barrowman was born in Hamilton on 21st February 1886. Her father, James, was a mining engineer. When she was 18, she matriculated at the University of Glasgow to study for a degree in Medicine. She had a successful first year in 1904–1905 and gained second class certificates in Physics and Chemistry. Thereafter, she made reasonable progress towards the degree of MB ChB, with a setback in 1907 when she had to retake Anatomy and Materia Medica in the Second Professional exam. She graduated on 24th April 1911, aged 25.

She belonged to a feisty generation of female medics at Glasgow who worked hard for their professional status and were ready to put their skills to use when the First World War broke out. Christina joined the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Originally named the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, the unit was established after a War Office investigation in December 1916 showed that 12,000 men could be released for frontline duties if some of their work could be done by women. Although it was not acknowledged that they could do all the same jobs, it was accepted that they could make a contribution and the first 14 arrived in France on 31st March 1917. Eventually, 9,000 women served there, including Christina. The women wore uniform and worked under the War Office, but it was a civilian organisation.

Christina Barrowman returned from the war and for many years lived at Jesmond, Glenburn Road, Bearsden. She married and became Mrs F A King, continuing to live at the same address. On retirement in the 1950s she went to live at Old Wharf House, Greywell, Basingstoke and General Council records do not record when she died.

Summary

Christina Barrowman
Rank:
Regiment: Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps
Degree: MB ChB
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Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty, and General Council Records

Imperial War Museum Information Sheet 39 (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps in the First World War)

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