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Cavell, Edith Louisa

Born: 1865 AD
Died: 1915 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Nurses

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.