"Monuments and Memorials (1) Edith Cavell" London Local Custom Tip by gordonilla

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  Memorial for Edith Cavell
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As with many British cities, london has many memorials and monuments to those citizens who have shown valour and distinction, especially if they have been involved in battel or military conflict.

Many people are aware of Florence Nightingale, who may be considered as the founder of modern nursing; however few people have heard of Edith Cavell. She was born in Norfolk in December 1865, and entered the nursing profession aged 20. She moved to Belgium to work and follow her vocation and became Matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute, Brussel in 1907. During her time in Belgium, she made a major contribution to the modernisation of the of Belgian nursing service.

As a result of the Great War and the occupation of Belgium; Matron Cavell joined the Red Cross. The Institute was converted in a hospital for the wounded of all nationalities. With her active participation, many allied soldiers were treated and then escaped to neutral Netherlands. Arrested on 5 August 1915, Edith Cavell was charged with aiding 200 soldiers escape internment. After 9 weeks of solitary confinement, a confession was extracted from her - she and her colleague Philippe Baucq were found guilty and sentenced to death.

The sentence was carried out on 12 October 1915, without reference to the German High Command. The worldwide press coverage was very sympathetic towards her and just confirmed the view of the supposed barbaric treatment of the Belgians by the occupying German forces.

Website: http://www.greatwardifferent.com/Great_War/Cavell/Cavell_00.htm

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2007
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