Artwork unveiled to honour two extraordinary Worthing women

Two women – the first female Mayor of Worthing and a World War One nurse who was raised locally – have both received commemorative windows on Worthing Pier.

Former mayor Ellen Chapman and nurse Ellen Lucy Foyster were remembered in two coloured windows commissioned by Cllr Tom Wye using donations from residents of the town and the company Equiniti, who administer Armed Forces pensions and are based in Durrington.

The windows were unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, the Deputy Mayor of Worthing, Cllr Hazel Thorpe, and the former High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mrs Caroline Nicholls.

The two windows commemorate the former Mayor’s contribution to the Women’s Suffrage Society and to the fact that Foyster is the only woman on Worthing’s War Memorial.

After spending the latter years of her childhood growing up in Worthing, Ellen Lucy Foyster began training in her late 20s to become a nurse at the Great Northern Central Hospital in London.

In 1915, she successfully applied to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service where she later received orders to join HM Hospital Ship Salta in 1917.

Whilst travelling to pick up those wounded during the First World War, the ship struck a mine and sank within 10 minutes. Ellen was one of many who lost their lives.

The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, said: “It’s a privilege to be here today on the Pier of the Year representing her Majesty the Queen, and what an honour it is to unveil the plaques in memory of two extraordinary Worthing women.”

Cllr Hazel Thorpe, Deputy Mayor of Worthing, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate women of the community.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first British women getting the vote and it’s great that these women continue to influence what’s going on in Worthing for the better.”

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