Edith Louisa Cavell

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Jane Davis

Edith Louisa Cavell

Person   Born 4/12/1865 Died 12/10/1915

Categories: Medicine, Resistance WW1, War Memorial WW1

Countries: United Kingdom

Edith Cavell wa   s born on 4 December 1865 in Swardeston in Norfolk. At the age of 20 she entered the nursing profession. In 1907 she became the matron of the Berkendael Institute in Brussels. During the First World War the Germans occupied Belgium, and Cavell sheltered British, French and Belgian soldiers at the Institute, from where they were helped to escape to Holland, which was neutral. In August 1915, Cavell and several others were arrested and tried by a court-martial. Cavell made a full confession and was sentenced to death on 7 October.
Although neutral governments, including the US and Spanish representatives tried to have them reprieved, she and a Belgian, Philippe Baucq, were shot on 12 October.
Her death was widely condemned, and we have found four memorials in London. She is buried at Norwich Cathedral.

On the Ixelles War Memorial she is listed as "Miss Cavell".

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