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Google Honours WW1 Nurse Edith Cavel Who Gave Her Life To Save Others

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While working as a nurse in Belgium during the First World War, Edith Cavell was helping Allied soldiers escape the German Occupation. She is honoured by a Google Doodle on her 153rd birthday.

The latest Google Doodle honours a British nurse who risked her own life to help Allied soldiers escape from Occupied Belgium during the First World War.



Edith Cavell was born in the village of Swardeston, near Norwich, on 4 December 1865. The eldest of four children, she was educated at Norwich High School for Girls, and then she found work as a governess.

She didn't become a nurse until she was 30-years-old, and inspired by the experience of caring for her seriously ill father. After successfully nursing him back to health Edith applied to train as a nurse probationer at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

She went on to have an illustrious medical career both in hospitals and as a private travelling nurse.

Edith worked in Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Manchester before moving to Brussels in 1907.

There she was appointed matron of Belgium's first nursing college, and within just a few years she was an expert training nurse for three hospitals, 24 schools and 13 nurseries across the country.

Outbreak of WW1

Edith Cavell was visiting her family in England when WW1 broke out. She immediately returned to Brussels, stating that "I can't stop while there are lives to be saved."

Edith's school was transformed into a Red Cross hospital, and she would treat casualties of the war regardless of their nationality, or what side of the conflict they were fighting on.

She was also covertly working with the Belgian resistance.

While Brussels was occupied by German forces, Edith was sheltering French and British soldiers and helping them escape to the neighboring Netherlands, which was neutral territory. It's believed that she helped over 200 men to safety, many of whom wrote to thank her once they reached home.



Unfortunately, Edith's activities didn't escape the attention of the German authorities, and she was eventually arrested and charged with treason. She was prosecuted in a court-martial, found guilty, and sentenced to death.


This provoked international outrage, and there were cries for Edith to be granted a reprieve. People argued that she should be spared death, especially given that she saved so many lives - both Allied and German - through her pioneering work as a war nurse.

These cries fell on deaf ears, however, and Edith was executed by firing squad at the Tir National on 12 October 1912. She was just 49-years-old.



Legacy

After the war, Edith's body was brought back to England and laid to rest at Norwich Cathedral, where a graveside service is held annually on the anniversary of her death.

There are memorials dedicated to Edith around the world, and she is commemorated by the Church of England's calendar for saints on 12 October every year.

In 1917, the Nation's Fund for Nurses was launched in Edith's honour, and charity Cavell Nurses' Trust supports nurses, midwifes and HCAs who are experiencing hardhsips.

Edith's legacy of compassion, bravery and heroism lives on, and is remembered to this day.



Source: UK Mirror

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