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Edith Louisa Cavell
Birth: Dec. 4, 1865
Death: Oct. 12, 1915

Executed WWI British nurse. A native of Swardeston, England, the daughter of the vicar, Edith took up nursing. She accepted the position of matron at Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels. With the start of the war and German occupation of Belgium in 1914, the facility was converted into a military hospital treating German as well as captured British soldiers. Soon many were missing. Edith was charged in their escapes to neutral Holland and arrested by the Germans. Kept in solitary confinement for nine weeks, they successfully extracted a confession. She was pronounced guilty in a sham trial, sentenced to death, taken to a nearby rifle range and executed by a firing squad then buried on the site. This German blunder in killing a woman galvanized world opinion condeming their barbaric behavior in occupied Belgium. At wars end, her remains were repatriated to England with great fanfare. After an elaborate funeral at Westminster Abbey in London attended by the Royal Family and hundreds of British notables, she was buried on the church grounds at Norwich Cathedral. Memorials to Miss Cavell abound: in the UK, memorial postage stamps have been issued and a statue in Trafalgar Square has her last words spoken before her death emblazoned, "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone." In Brussels, the nursing school she founded has her name and in Alberta, Canada, Mt Edith Cavell rises some 11,033 feet given the name in 1931. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
Burial:
Norwich Cathedral
Norwich
City of Norwich
Norfolk, England
Plot: Life's Green
 
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Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield (inacti...
Record added: May 22, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8813446
Edith Louisa Cavell
Added by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)
 
Edith Louisa Cavell
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Edith Louisa Cavell
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God bless you throughout the 2014 Yuletide Season within God's Kingdom. Never again will you suffer the company of murderers. Merry Christmas (early)! Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Dec. 18, 2014
Because We Never Knew Each Other Edith, I Decided To Come Visit You On Here Today. May You Rest In Eternal Peace.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Dec. 18, 2014
God bless you throughout the Christmas Season, the holiest season of the year. Merry Christmas (early)! Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Dec. 16, 2014
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