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Cavell, Edith

(1865-1915), an English nurse. Trained at London Hospital, in 1907 she was named head of a nurses training school in Brussels, with the task of raising nursing standards to match those of Britain. By 1912, the school offered a 3-year intensive course and was associated with four hospitals in Brussels. After the Germans occupied Belgium in World War I, she nursed or sheltered more than 200 fleeing soldiers and helped them reach Holland. To her, this was an extension of her nursing: helping those in need. For this, she was arrested by the Germans, tried, and shot on October 12, 1915. Her execution, which she met with courage and fortitude, brought her widespread fame.
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Bearing details of her training and experience, the faded forms make fascinating reading considering how Cavell later found fame not only as a wartime heroine but also as pioneer of modern nursing.
Cavell eventually provided certi-fied trained nurses for 37 institutions and she formed a Red Cross hospital in Brussels and nursed wounded German and Belgian soldiers after war broke out in 1914.
After the war Australians learnt about the efforts of Ms Cavell and raised money to perpetuate her memory by providing a rest home for nurses returning from both World Wars.
D Foot suggested, Cavell was or had been a member of the Secret Service Bureau (MI6).
They reported that she was known as the "Florence Nightingale of Brussels" and American minister The Royal Cavell as part Brand Whitlock and Spanish minister Marquis Villalobar, who were both in Belgium, had tried unsuccessfully to get the sentence overturned.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, said:Edith Cavell is a national hero, who demonstrated the most incredible bravery.
Jon Penhale, operations director at Cavell Nurses' Trust, said: "We're really excited to be holding our first international challenge and at such a fitting location.
Nurse Edith Cavell was shot by a firing squad 100 year ago after helping almost 200 allied soldiers escape the killing fields of the Western Front.
Inspired by the words of Laurence Binyon's poem, titled Edith Cavell, the inscription reads: "She faced them gentle and bold.
Towards the end of "Ending the Waiting Game", Cavell describes Hamm's attitude as "hung between": suspended between hope and despair, salvation and damnation, an imagined world and the real one.
I remembered learning about Edith Cavell in high school and knew that hers was a most dramatic story.