Edith Cavell

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  • Edith Cavell was born on May 4th in Norfolk and entered the nursing profession when she was 20.
  • Edith Cavell increased her knowledge in nursing as she got older. She was appointed marton of the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels in 1907. Cavell joined the Red Cross and she was arrested for helping prisoners of war escape.
  • She was kept in solitary for nine weeks. The Germans successfully extracted a confession from Cavell which formed the basis of her trial. She was sentenced to death by a firing squad. Cavells case went worldwide. Such coverage served to harden current popular opinion regarding supposed routine German barbarity in occupied Belgium.
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