Edith Cavell by Diana SouhamiEdith Cavell was born on 4th December 1865, daughter of the vicar of Swardeston in Norfolk, and shot in Brussels on 12th October 1915 by the Gestapo for sheltering British and French soldiers and helping them escape over the Belgian border. Following a traditional village childhood in 19th century England, Edith worked as a governess in the UK and abroad, before training as a nurse in London in 1895. To Edith, nursing was a duty, a vocation, but above all a service. By 1907, she had travelled most of Europe and become matron of her own hospital in Belgium, where, under her leadership, a ramshackle hospital with few staff and little organization became a model nursing school. When war broke out, Edith helped soldiers to escape the war by giving them jobs in her hospital, finding clothing and organizing safe passage into Holland. In all, she assisted over two hundred men. When her secret work was discovered, Edith was put on trial and sentenced to death by firing squad. She uttered only 130 words in her defence. A devout Christian, the evening before her death, she asked to be remembered as a nurse, not a hero or a martyr, and prayed to be fit for heaven. When news of Ediths death reached Britain, army recruitment doubled. After the war, Ediths body was retuned to the UK by train and every station through which the coffin passed was crowded with mourners. Diana Souhami brings one of the Great Wars finest heroes to life in this biography of a hardworking, courageous and independent woman.
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Google is celebrating the birthday of a nurse who helped save the lives of hundreds of soldiers in World War One. Edith Cavell risked her life to help British and French soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium at the beginning of the war. Cavell, who would have been today, was arrested by the authorities and charged with treason, and later executed by firing squad on October 12,
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On the morning of October 12, , the year-old British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad in Brussels, Belgium. After the city was captured and occupied by the Germans in the first month of war, Cavell chose to remain at her post, tending to German soldiers and Belgians alike. In August , German authorities arrested her and accused her of helping British and French prisoners-of-war, as well as Belgians hoping to serve with the Allied armies, to escape Belgium for neutral Holland. During her trial, Cavell admitted that she was guilty of the offenses with which she had been charged. She was sentenced to death.
A pre-war photo of Edith Cavell. Credit: Imperial War Museum. Brussels fell to the Germans in late August, but the stern-faced Cavell ignored a call to return to England and remained at her post. That same month, the ,strong British Expeditionary Force retreated from Belgium following the Battle of Mons, leaving scores of wounded Englishmen stranded behind enemy lines. Many were reduced to hiding out in the countryside to avoid being captured or shot as spies. Some even donned disguises or pretended to be deaf-mutes to cover up their nationality. She took the two men in, nursed them back to health and sheltered them in her hospital until a guide was found to lead them out of occupied territory.
Edith Cavell was born in Norfolk on December 4, , and was inspired to become a nurse in her twenties when she cared for her dad after he was struck down by illness., The coin will form part of a set to be issued next year by the Royal Mint marking the centenary of the war.
On 12 October , British nurse Edith Cavell was shot at dawn by a German firing squad in Brussels for helping hundreds of allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium. A century later, she is being celebrated in exhibitions and concerts in Norwich Cathedral and in public buildings in the city, and in the nearby village of Swardeston where her father was vicar and where she grew up. Cavell was hailed as a Christian martyr concerned only with saving the lives of allied soldiers. Her execution provoked outrage in Britain. Her death, at a time when the war was going badly for the allies, led to a huge increase in the number of volunteers signing up to join the British army. Cavell is remembered in Norwich above all as a pioneering nurse. Edith risked her own life over nine months to help men who came to her with no way home.
Hanlon medwardh hotmail. Trafalgar Square Memorial. On the 90th anniversary of Edith Cavell's execution, a recently completed cataloguing project of Prisoner of War files at The National Archives in Kew has revealed the ineffectual efforts of government officials to prevent the death of the British World War One hero. The documents reveal the frustration, anger and eventual horror of the Government's failure to save Ms Cavell, despite being notified of the nurse's arrest and subsequent trial - on charges of aiding more than allied troops to escape occupied Belgium - almost two months before her execution on October 12 in Brussels. The legation will of course keep this case in view and endeavour to see that a fair trial is given Miss Cavell.
Edith Cavell in her garden with her two dogs. She was definitely a nurse and she may have been a spy, but she is forever viewed as a heroine. Edith Cavell was the first of four siblings born in the village of Swardeston, England on December 4, She learned French while attending boarding school and in she began working as a governess for different families across Europe. She was working in Brussels in when her father became sick. After returning to England to take care of him, Cavell was inspired to become a nurse and enrolled in a four-year program at the Royal London Hospital.