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Remembering Edith Cavell, 2015

149Edith Cavell was born in Norfolk in 1865 and from 1907 worked as a nurse in Brussels, where she became immersed in the First World War, helping Allied soldiers to escape to the U.K.  She was arrested, tried by the Germans for treason, and executed on 12 October 1915.  Her actions, which included treating without discrimination soldiers on both sides of the conflict, were said to be inspired by her devout Anglican beliefs, and since her death she has been venerated by the Church of England and, especially in Norwich Cathedral, commemorated on the anniversary of her death.  These commemorations were particularly prominent in 2015, the centenary of her death.

Image:  flowers placed at the base of the statue of Edith Cavell in St Martin’s Place, City of Westminster, London, 12 October 2015.

[The compiler of this website has vague memories of having his adenoids removed at what is now Chard Community Hospital, Somerset, when he was a young child.  The hospital’s matron was said to have worked with Cavell and was accordingly treated with great respect].

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