Edith Cavell Essay

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Amy Darrah
Coach Perry
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9 October 2014 Name: Edith Cavell
Life: Edith Cavell was born on December 4, 1865 in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Edith Cavell began her profession of nursing at age 20. She soon moved to Belgium where she was appointed matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels in 1907. During World War I in 1914, the Berkendael Institute was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers of all nationalities. Edith Cavell was a British nurse serving in Belgium who was later executed, on October 12, 1915, on a charge of assisting Allied prisoners to escape during World War I.
What makes her heroic: During the time Edith Cavell served as a nurse, she saved hundreds of
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“But this I would say, standing as I do in view of God and Eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness toward anyone.”
The night before her execution Edith Cavell was visited by the Reverend Stirling Gahan, chaplain of Christ Church in Brussels; she told him these words, which now have been inscripted on a statue commemurating her courage.
"I can't stop while there are lives to be saved".
Edith Cavell said this while deciding whether or not to aid the British soldiers, her strong Christian beliefs motivated her to help all those in need, both German and Allied soldiers.
"Had I not helped, they would have been shot", she later said.
If she had refused to help the British soldiers they would have been in danger of being executed, along with any civilians who helped harbor them. So, Edith decided to help them despite the risk to her own safety.
Other memorable facts:
Edith Cavell was the oldest of four children.
Near Trafalgar Square, not far from the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, is a statue that commemorates Nurse Edith Cavell.
Edith’s father always taught her to share with the less fortunate.
Edith was still wearing her nurse’s uniform during her execution.
When young, Edith had spent quite a lot of time with her mother visiting the poor and sick in her father’s parish.
Edith helped set up and run the first training school for
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