English War Nurse
1865 – 1915 A.D.
Edith Cavell, an English war-nurse, head of a nurses’ training school in Brussels, where she attended German as well as Allied soldiers during the European War. In August 1915, she was accused by the German military authorities of Belgium of assisting prisoners to escape, and in October was condemned to be shot by a firing squad of German soldiers.
The execution roused England and France and was commented on throughout the United States.
In England Edith Cavell was henceforth regarded a a martyr, a notable memorial service was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and later a statue of her was erected near Trafalgar Square.
In May, 1919, her body was conveyed to England in a warship, and buried with military honors in her native town.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.