Service will bless and dedicate new grave of First World War nurse Edith Cavell

Newly commissioned headstone and ledger stone for Edith Cavell, created by award-winning lettercutte

Newly commissioned headstone and ledger stone for Edith Cavell, created by award-winning lettercutter, typographer and sculptor, Wayne Hart, pictured. Photo: Paul Hurst - Credit: Archant

A poignant service on Sunday will see the new grave of executed nurse First World War Edith Cavell blessed and dedicated.

Newly commissioned headstone and ledger stone for Edith Cavell, created by award-winning lettercutte

Newly commissioned headstone and ledger stone for Edith Cavell, created by award-winning lettercutter, typographer and sculptor, Wayne Hart, pictured. Photo: Paul Hurst - Credit: Archant

She was born in Swardeston, near Norwich, and was executed by a German firing squad on October 12, 1915, after helping Allied prisoners escape to Holland, prompting outrage in Britain, with thousands inspired to join up for the war effort.

After the war, she was buried at Life's Green, in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral, and the annual anniversary of her death is marked by a service attended by veterans, nurses, dignitaries and others.

Last year's service, marking the centenary of her death, saw a record number of people pay their respects.

In 2014, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport pledged up to £50,000 to meet the cost of the restoring the grave, build new pathways to improve access, and create a memorial garden, planted with Edith Cavell roses.


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Miss Cavell's grave has been re-landscaped, and will feature a newly-commissioned headstone and ledger stone.

They were created by award-winning lettercutter, typographer and sculptor, Wayne Hart.

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Sunday will see a short service at midday, following the main Sunday Eucharist, which is also the Festival Eucharist of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016, when Bishop Graham James will be preaching.

And on Wednesday, 100 local school children, as well as the Bishop of Norwich, will take part in an event to present prizes to the winners of a competition linked to the book One Step Ahead Jack, which is about Miss Cavell and her dog.

The cathedral's education department supplied copies of the book to local schools, and pupils were asked to respond to the story.

Do you have a story related to Edith Cavell? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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