Born in Swardeston Norfolk in 1865, Edith Cavell was the World War I British nurse who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She and Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.
She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.
After the war, her body was returned to the UK, and in accordance with her families wishes, instead of Westminster Abbey she was laid to rest outside the Norwich Cathedral in a spot called Life's Green. Bishop Pollock described her as 'alive in God' and as someone who taught us that our patriotism must be examined in the light of something higher.
Here services are held annually on the Saturday nearest the anniversary of her death
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