Edith Cavell memorial service

13 October 2018
11:00 - 12:00
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Norfolk nurse Edith Cavell made the ultimate sacrifice helping First World War soldiers reach safety and this weekend her heroism will be remembered at a special graveside service and the unveiling of a new interpretation board highlighting her life story.

The annual memorial service will take place beside Nurse Cavell’s final resting place at Norwich Cathedral at 11am on Saturday, October 13, just a day after the anniversary of her death by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.

All are welcome at the service which is expected to be attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich, members of the military and the Royal British Legion, nurses, and a representative from the Embassy of Belgium in London.

Immediately afterwards, a second event will pay tribute to the brave nurse who was born in Swardeston in 1865.

A statue of Nurse Cavell stands outside Norwich Cathedral’s Erpingham Gate, and to mark the 100th anniversary of its unveiling by Queen Alexandra a new interpretation board will be revealed.

The Revd Dr Peter Doll, Canon Librarian and Vice Dean, who will lead the service, said: “The people of Norfolk have always treasured the memory of Edith Cavell as an ordinary local girl who did extraordinary work in the service of those in need.

“The annual Commemoration Service at her grave is a special opportunity for the community to give thanks for her witness.

“The new interpretation board in Tombland will give new generations and our many visitors an opportunity to understand why Edith remains so special to us.”

For more information about Nurse Cavell visit www.edithcavell.org.uk

Photo: Paul Hurst