. A powder box given to Mrs. Emma Burgess at the birth of her baby was beautifully painted with flowers by Edith. They appear to have been in love and Edith never forgot him, for she wrote on the fly leaf of her copy of. Omissions? Edith was prepared to face what she understood to be the just consequences. Edith was magnanimous in her death, forgiving her executioners, even willing to admit the justice of their sentence. This devotee of Edith’s memory records what he calls a ‘strange confirmation’ of Arthur Mee’s story that one of the firing squad refused to take part in the execution. By today’s standards, the hours were demanding (7 a.m. – 9 p.m., with half an hour for lunch) and the pay miserly (£10 a year). Among Edith’s most treasured possessions were the roses sent by her nurses, which she kept in her cell long after they were spent, as a comfort and a reminder of the roses at the Vicarage in Swardeston. What Edith Cavell Did At her establishment Edith sheltered British, French and Belgian soldiers, from where they were helped to escape to Holland. “At a time like this”, she said, “I am more needed than ever”. However there has recently come to light a collection of press cuttings dating from 1919 to 1974 compiled by a J.F. See their website for details –, The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Swardeston, Account by Reverend H. Stirling Gahan on the Execution of Edith Cavell, Monuments and Plaques relating to Edith Cavell, 1919: The Homecoming of Nurse Edith Cavell, Maps for use in Swardeston and Norwich and directions. She was laid to rest outside the Cathedral in a spot called Life’s Green. The ringers of 1-2-3-4-5-6 are ex-soldiers, F. Elli… Edith received the Maidstone Medal for her work here – the only medal she was ever to receive from her country. Edith Cavell was an English nurse and humanitarian. She would have equally protected her colleagues at the risk of compromising her own conscience even though this would have been painful and contrary to her upbringing. In 1900, she trained to be a nurse at the London hospital. Photo by kind permission of Martin Gahan, Stirling Gahan’s grandson. Randerson of Canterbury. Six of Miss Lückes Nurses were seconded to help, including Edith. A romantic attachment with her second cousin Eddie emerged at this time. The Interior of Swardeston Church before c.1900. Many nurses had suffered in the War and needed ‘time out’ or long term care. In that same year, a new Vicarage was built next to the Church. He remained Vicar until his retirement in 1909. In 1907, after a short break, Edith returned to Brussels to nurse a child patient of Dr. Antoine Depage but he soon transferred her to more important work. Her perception of duty challenges us today; in achieving the greater good (or the lesser evil), we may compromise our reputation and even endanger our good name. Edith Cavell’s entry in the Baptism register of Swardeston Church. She saved the lives of the many soldiers and helped them escape from Belgium. However there has recently come to light a collection of press cuttings dating from 1919 to 1974 compiled by a J.F. Corrections? The explanation is that Edith simply trusted her captors, was glad to make a clean breast of it and willingly condemned herself by freely admitting at her trial that she had “successfully conducted allied soldiers to the enemy of the German people”. The German military authorities, having sentenced Edith and four others to death, were determined to carry out the executions immediately. By August 1915 a Belgian ‘collaborator’ had passed through Edith’s hands. In the Autumn of 1914, two stranded British soldiers found their way to Nurse Cavell’s training school and were sheltered for two weeks. A truer assessment of her would be to recognise her as she saw herself – simply ‘a nurse who tried to do her duty’. As a result, some have shied from her memory. The peal was notable: "Rung with the bells deeply muffled with the exception of the Tenor which was open at back stroke, in token of respect to Nurse Cavell, whose body arrived at Dover during the ringing and rested in the town till the following morning. At Shoreditch Infirmary, where she became Assistant Matron in 1903, she pioneered follow up work by visiting patients after their discharge. Medicine, the practice concerned with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease. A German Lutheran prison chaplain obtained permission for the English Chaplain, Stirling Gahan, to visit her on the night before she died. Edith Cavell’s character continues to fascinate today. Edith had been hurriedly buried at the rifle range where she was shot and a plain wooden cross put over her grave. The Scene at Thorpe Railway Station, Norwich. She was a very brave woman, driven by a sense of duty, of patriotism, and by the practical living out of her personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1890, Edith took a post with the Francois family in Brussels. By August 3rd 1914, she was back in Brussels despatching the Dutch and German nurses home and impressing on the others that their first duty was to care for the wounded irrespective of nationality. In 1907, she was recruited to be the matron of a new nursing school in Brussels. The group was brought before a court-martial on October 7, 1915. They repeated the words of ‘Abide with me’, and Edith received the Sacrament. A near neighbour of Randerson testified to being present at a secret exhumation of a German soldier who had been hastily buried near the grave of Edith. There may be some truth in the story that the firing squad were reticent and that one of them may have been shot with the brave British nurse. They appear to have been in love and Edith never forgot him, for she wrote on the fly leaf of her copy of The Imitation of Christ ‘With love to E.D. ‘The work is hard The pay is bad’. The shaft of this cross can be seen preserved at the back of Swardeston Church. For photographs of a memorial service to Edith Cavell, held on the slopes of the Mountain in 1931. . However, since the Matron, Miss Hall, became ill, she filled in as Matron. Awaiting Edith Cavell’s Coffin, Victoria Station, London. Edith Louisa Cavell, October 11th 1915, Our e-mail address is: [email protected] For his account, click here. She wrote to the Bishop of Norwich, John Thomas Pelham, a grand but kindly man whose impressive tomb can be seen in the North transept of the Cathedral. She asked if there were any trained nurses willing to fill in a three months post for pay of £30 per annum. Edith Cavell’s character continues to fascinate today. Occupation: NurseDied: 12 October 1915Best known for: Her work as a nurse in the First World War — and for being sentenced to death for helping Allied soldiers escape German territory. One of Edith’s favourite winter pastimes was ice skating. Edith Cavell and her chief assistant, Miss Wilkins remained.