Today marks the 100th anniversary of World War One nurse Edith Cavell’s death, who was executed by a German firing squad in 1915.
Edith Cavell is a celebrated British nurse, who was born in a small village called Swadeston, Norfolk. During the war, Edith saved the lives of injured soldiers from both sides, without discrimination and helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from Germany-occupied Belgium to safety.
She was court martialed in 1915 and found guilty of treason. Despite internat onal pressure, Edith was executed on the 12th October 1915.
Her body was returned to the UK four years later and a memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey, before being laid to rest in Norwich.
A number of memorials have taken place across the country today to celebrate nurse Edith Cavell, the work that she did, and what she represents.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust
In 1917, a fund was set up in memory of Edith Cavell. There were millions of soldiers and civilians that owed their lives to Edith at the time, and the country responded by launching an appeal for nurses “shattered mentally and physically, who have sought the health of others at the expense of our own.”
Public donations in memory of Edith formed a source of funding and The Nation’s Fund for Nurses was born, which later became Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust provides vital support to all UK nurses during their difficult times. They offer help to registered nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, student nurses and retired nurses, who have given a lifetime of caring and compassion.
The work that they do is fantastic and we’re delighted to be able to help such a good cause.
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