Online talk about Edith Cavell

12 January 2021
Norfolk nurse and First World War heroine Edith Cavell will be the subject of a special online discussion next week. Norwich Cathedral’s Canon Librarian, the Revd Dr Peter Doll, and Nick Miller, who runs the Edith Cavell website for St Mary's, Swardeston, will be taking part in the event which is being hosted on the @findmypast Facebook page on Wednesday 20 January at 4pm.
Edith Cavell

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 will focus on Nurse Cavell’s life and legacy and her strong Christian faith, and it will also look 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 will take place on Wednesday 20 January at 4pm on the @findmypast Facebook page.