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The Edith Cavell Memorial

Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a Norfolk nurse who became the first matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels. When the German Army invaded Belgium in 1914, Berkendael became a Red Cross hospital for wounded soldiers regardless of their nationality. In 1915, Cavell was arrested by the Germans and charged with having helped about 200 allied soldiers to escape to neutral Holland. Cavell's execution by firing-squad on 12th October, 1915 received world-wide press coverage, and this memorial is one of many erected after her death. It comprises a white marble statue of Cavell on a tall granite pedestal, standing in front of a granite block surmounted by a cross with a statue of the Virgin and Child. The pedestal is inscribed with Cavell’s words to an Anglican priest the evening before her death: ‘Patriotism is not enough; I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.’

Edith Cavell statue

1920 by Sir George Frampton
Listed Grade II in 1970

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