Historical Who is Who

CAVELL, Edith

1865 - 1915
England
CURRICULUM

 

Exemplary teacher and nurse. She worked as a teacher/governess for ten years starting at the age of 18, including 5 years with a French speaking family in Brussels. Prompted by family illness she switched into nursing in 1895 in London and Manchester and had direct exposure to chronic poverty and epidemics. With this experience, in 1907 she took on responsibility for a nurse training school in Brussells. Following the outbreak of WW1 it became a Red Cross Hospital. Openly caring for anyone sick or wounded, she secretly engaged in resistance activities. Arrested by Germans for aiding the enemy, she was court-martialled and shot by firing squad.

Life

http://historysheroes.e2bn.org/hero/timeline/86

http://www.edithcavell.org.uk

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/oct/12/freedomofinformation.politics

Writings

Edith Cavell edition of Thomas a Kempis 'Imitation of Christ' https://archive.org/details/ofimitationocave00londuoft

Brief quotations http://www.rugusavay.com/edith-cavell-quotes

 Video

 Edith Cavell: not a martyr but a nurse (8 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ7Nuw_rTmE

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