1865 – Born on December 4th in Swardeston, Norfolk, England. English nurse who became a popular heroine of World War I and was executed for assisting Allied soldiers to escape from German-occupied Belgium.
1895 – Cavell entered the nursing profession.
1907 – She was appointed the first matron of the Berkendael Institute, Brussels, where she greatly improved the standard of nursing.
– She became involved in an underground group formed to help British, French, and Belgian soldiers reach The Netherlands, a neutral country.
1915 – Cavell and several others were arrested.
– The group was brought before a court-martial on October 7th.
– Cavell, after making a full confession on October 9th, was sentenced to death. Three days later she and Baucq were shot, despite the efforts of the U.S. and Spanish ministers to secure a reprieve.
– Died on October 12th in Brussels, Belgium.