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Edith Louise Cavell was born in 1865 in Norfolk, England. At the age of 20 she entered the nursing profession and in 1907 was appointed the matron of the Berkendael Institute in Brussels where she greatly improved the standard of nursing.
After the German occupation of Belgium she cared for wounded German troops but also became involved with an underground group which assisted some 200 British, French and Belgian soldiers who were trapped behind enemy lines to escape to neutral Holland. In August 1915 Edith Cavell was betrayed by a spy who asked her to help him escape. She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of âassisting men to the enemyâ and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.
Her execution was considered outrageous and widely condemned. The Premier of British Columbia was the first to suggest that a mountain be named in her honour.
In Jasper, the anglican church had a tower added in memory of Edith Cavell and an area inside the church dedicated to her memory.

31st Dec 2014

History, Leisure and Tourism

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Jasper Canada
Date of artefact: 20th March 2014

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