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First World War 'Tommies' rise in remembrance at Giants Causeway

Ghostly figures of First World War soldiers or 'Tommies' have popped up at the Giants Causeway as part of a nationwide fundraising campaign.

Supported by Birdsong novelist Sebastian Faulks, the Tommies are appearing in iconic locations over the UK as 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Hoping to raise £15million for armed forces and mental health charities, the six foot tall, made from aluminium silhouette Tommies are part of a national art installation called 'There But Not There.'

The Giants Causeway was selected as one of the locations because of the strong connection Bushmills has to the First World War.

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'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Tommies' have appeared across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Among the headstones of Billy Parish Church on a hillside looking over Bushmills in Co Antrim, stands one etched with the words: "In memory of Sergeant Robert Quigg, Royal Irish Rifles, who won the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery at the Battle of the Somme."

Sergeant Quigg was awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest military medal for valour - after going out into no man's land under heavy enemy fire to seaarch for his commanding officer Lt Sir Harry Macnaghten.

Leonard Quigg, great nephew of Sergeant Robert Quigg, who opened the installation at Giants Causeway said: "The local Bushmills community was - and remains - very proud of my great-uncle.

"Although he did not succeed in his desperate search to find his platoon commander, 20-year-old Second Lieutenant Sir Harry Macnaghten, in his seven ventures into the hell of no-man's-land he single-handedly assisted seven severely-wounded soldiers to reach the safety of the British trenches.

"Given my great-uncle's heroism that day and the sacrifice made by the Bushmills community - with 103 fatalities suffered during the Great War - it is only fitting that Bushmills should have been selected to host part of the national installation."

The Tommies will be touring the country until Armistice Day and members if the public are being encouraged to buy their own 10 inch versions to remember their own relatives.

The money raised from the sale of the commemorative figures, which are made my military veterans, will be distributed evenly between numerous armed forces and mental health charities.

As well as the Giants Causeway, Tommy installations have appeared in sentry boxes usually manned by Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London, at Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon in south Wales and at Heart of Midlothian Football Club in Edinburgh.

Belfast Telegraph