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Remembrance service pays tribute to Edith Cavell 105 years after her death

PUBLISHED: 20:51 12 October 2020 | UPDATED: 20:51 12 October 2020

Service held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

Service held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

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Norfolk nurse and First World War heroine Edith Cavell has been remembered at a special service at Norwich Cathedral 105 years after her death.

Service held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill SmithService held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

The brave Norfolk nurse helped more than 200 soldiers escape from occupied Belgium during the First World War and for this she paid the ultimate price and was executed by the Germans on October 12 1915.

Nurse Cavell, who was from Swardeston, is buried at Life’s Green, outside the east end of the Cathedral, close to St Saviour’s Chapel, and every year a Remembrance Service takes place beside her grave.

Service held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill SmithService held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “As we gather here, we remember and give thanks for a woman of great courage and fortitude. We give thanks for the care that she exercised to those in great need.

“In this time of pandemic, we hold in our prayers all those whose vocation is to support the health, healing and wellbeing of others, and most especially those who are nurses in our surgeries, hospitals, care homes and in our armed forces.”

Service held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill SmithService held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

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The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Vaughan Thomas, and the Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, Philippa Taylor, were among those to lay wreaths at the service along with representatives from the Embassy of Belgium, The Royal Corps of Signals, British Red Cross and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Nurses League.

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Service held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill SmithService held to commemorate the 105th anniversary of nurse Edith Cavell's execution during the First World War. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith


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