Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Cavells in:
 • Norwich Cathedral
 • Norwich
 • City of Norwich
 • Norfolk
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
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) 
Family links: 
  Frederick Cavell (1824 - 1910)
  Louisa Sophia Warming Cavell (1835 - 1918)
Norwich Cathedral
City of Norwich
Norfolk, England
Plot: Life's Green
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
Record added: May 22, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8813446
Edith Louisa Cavell
Added by: Donald Greyfield
Edith Louisa Cavell
Added by: FamilyHistoryAddict
Edith Louisa Cavell
Added by: FamilyHistoryAddict
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

God bless you and thank you for your valor and ultimate sacrifice on behalf of others. Rest in Peace, Edith.
- Rick
 Added: Feb. 10, 2017
God bless you and thank you for all your efforts to "Cheat the Reaper" on our behalf. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Jan. 30, 2017
Your bravery is inspiring. Semper Fidelis.
 Added: Jan. 29, 2017
There are 574 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.4 after 138 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service