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   Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/12/1886
Died: 26/06/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 31
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. She is buried in Plot 2, Row B-, Grave 7 at Bordighera Cemetery in Italy.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bordighera British Cemetery
  San Remo, Imperia, 17
Grave Ref: Grave 2-B-7
CWGC Casualty 641712
Exit the A10 motorway at Bordighera and follow the signs in the direction of San Remo - this road leads east along the coast. Pass a small yacht harbour on your right and take the second left after the yacht harbour, following Commission signs. The cemetery is 350 metres on the left, within Bordighera Main Communal Cemetery. This is a CWGC cemetery with its own entrance and is permanently open. Cemetery address: Via al Campo Santo - 18012 Bordighera (IM).
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
2 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Tamlaght National School
2 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 265
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Ferguson family 1901 census lists Rachel as age 15 at house 7 in Ballygonney, Springhill, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Ferguson family 1911 census does not list Rachel at house 7 in Ballygonny More, Springhill, Londonderry
3 Bridge: Vol 2 - Coagh & District Magazine article on Rachel Ferguson on page 30
4 Imperial War Museum Note attached to photos
5 Imperial War Museum Photo of Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson (2)
6 Imperial War Museum Photo of Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson (1)
7 Inspirational Women of WW1 Brief details of Staff Nurse Rachel Ferguson
8 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
9 Pages of the Sea Photos of Downhill Beach tribute
10 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of Rachel Ferguson can be purchased here.
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023