Online talk: Edith Cavell

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Edith Cavell (c) Bill Smith
Norfolk nurse and First World War heroine Edith Cavell is the subject of a special online discussion.

Norwich Cathedral’s Canon Librarian, the Revd Dr Peter Doll, and Nick Miller, who runs the Edith Cavell website for St Mary's, Swardeston, took part in the event which was hosted on the Find My Past Facebook page and YouTube channel on Wednesday 20 January at 4pm.

You can watch a recording of the event in the box below and also on the Find My Past Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Swardeston-born Nurse Cavell, who is buried at Norwich Cathedral, helped more than 200 soldiers escape from occupied Belgium during the First World War and for this she paid the ultimate price and was executed by the Germans on October 12 1915.

On the night before her execution, she famously said: “In the light of God and eternity, I have realised that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

The online discussion focusses on Nurse Cavell’s life and legacy and her strong Christian faith, and also looks at a letter written by Nurse Cavell just days before she was captured by the Germans and which was gifted to Norwich Cathedral ahead of Armistice Day last year.

Edith Cavell letter
The four-page letter, written in Nurse Cavell’s hand to her mother Louisa, is dated 26 July 1915. It was to be the final letter the Swardeston-born nurse wrote home before she was taken by the Germans from her hospital in occupied Belgium on 5 August 1915.

The online discussion about Nurse Cavell took place on Wednesday 20 January at 4pm on the Find My Past Facebook page and YouTube channel.

You can watch back a recording of the event on this webpage and also on the Find My Past Facebook page and YouTube channel.
To read a blog about Edith Cavell by @findmypast click here