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Grave of First World War heroine Edith Cavell to be restored

PUBLISHED: 15:11 04 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:11 04 April 2015

Edith Cavell.

Edith Cavell.

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The grave of Norfolk nurse and First World War heroine Edith Cavell is set to be restored.

Edith Cavell’s final resting place is at Norwich Cathedral, and the Dean of Norwich said a new headstone was to be carved and the area around the grave re-landscaped thanks to a grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and funding from Belgium.

Nurse Cavell, who was born in Swardeston, became matron at Belgium’s first training school for nurses.

During the First World War she treated soldiers from both sides in occupied Belgium and helped some 200 Allied troops escape enemy territory. For this she was executed by a German firing squad on October 12, 1915. She was buried in an unmarked grave, but after the war her body was repatriated and reburied in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.


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