Sand Portrait memorial to WWI nurse Rachel Ferguson.

Coleraine, Northern Ireland
People gather on Downhill Beach to look at a sand portrait of military nurse Rachel Ferguson, who died in June 1918.
Rachel was born on 29th December 1886. She was the daughter of John Stewart Ferguson and Annie Ferguson of Lanebrook House, Ballygoney, Coagh.
Rachel was educated at Ballygoney National School and Lady’s School, Cookstown.
She trained at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where she qualified as a Staff Nurse.
She was serving in Italy until May of 1918 when she was given leave for fourteen days.
She re-joined No: 62 General Hospital on 25th May 1918 but on 26th June she was admitted there as a patient, suffering from bronco-pneumonia. She was by now dangerously ill and died later that day.
It was created as part of Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea event, marking Armistice Day and 100 years since the end of the first world war.
Image Credit: Photograph by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

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