Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested.
She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.
She was shot by a German firing squad at the age of 49.
Her execution was greeted with worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. A woman of profound faith, she told her chaplain, on the night before her execution, "Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." Her death caused international outrage and may have contributed to America's decision to enter the war.
Three films and a stage play have been written about her life, and many public buildings and streets named after her.
She will feature on a commemorative GBP5.00 coin in 2015.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, 8pp b/w plate section
- Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
- Publication Date: 31/08/2015
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780857216571