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World War I nurse Edith Cavell, who treated all wounded

1915 A BRITISH NURSE IS EXECUTED FOR HELPING ALLIED SOLDIERS ESCAPE

On 12 October 1915 – 100 years ago – Edith Cavell was shot by a German firing squad, but that didn’t end her impact on World War I

Hours before she was taken from the cell where she had spent the last ten weeks and executed, Edith Cavell had a visitor. Her friend, Reverend H Stirling T Gahan was permitted to enter the prison in Belgium on the evening of 11 October 1915 and, though there was nothing he could do to change the sentence awaiting the nurse the next morning, he hoped to share with her some kind words and the Holy Communion.

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