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Wartime profile: Edith Cavell

By Staff Reporter

Edith Cavell trained to be a nurse at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in 1896.

When war broke out in 1914 she went to Belgium to help injured soldiers.

She did not mind whether a soldier was British, French or German and she treated the injured, regardless of what nationality they were. She also hid around 200 British, Belgian and French soldiers from the Germans by keeping them safe at the nursing school and clinic where she lived.

Edith worked with an ‘underground’ group who were helping Allied soldiers escape from the Germans by guiding them to neutral Holland. She hid soldiers in the basement of her training school to avoid the German soldiers who were looking to capture and imprison them.

However, in the summer of 1915, she was arrested. When questioned she admitted helping soldiers escape. The Germans ordered for Edith to be shot as punishment and she was killed on October 12, 1915.

Most people now believe Edith was a hero.   She was British, and Germany and Austria were fighting against Britain. At the time, some British people thought that she was wrong to treat German and Austrian soldiers.

Edith is still remembered today.

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