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Edith Cavell remembered at London ceremony

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A commemorative wreath has been laid in London today in memory of Edith Cavell, the British nurse executed during the First World War.

The annual wreath laying ceremony took place by the Edith Cavell’s statue, just off Trafalgar Square, for the annual wreath laying ceremony, followed by a reception at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which is behind the event, noted that it was 101 years ago today since Ms Cavell’s death, but her “values of compassion, courage and care live on”.

The trust, known as NurseAid until October 2012, was created out of the public subscription that followed Ms Cavell’s death in October 1915. It supports nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals in need.

The British nurse worked in German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, saving the lives of soldiers from both sides.

However, she was tried for treason and executed by the Germans for helping Allied troops escape across the border to the Netherlands. She was aged 49 when she was shot in October 1915.

The Edith Cavell Memorial

Edith Cavell remembered at London ceremony

Source: Robert Cutts

Edith Cavell memorial in St Martin’s Place, close to St Martin’s in the Fields and just north of Trafalgar Square

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