Welcome to edithcavell.org.uk, commemorating Edith Cavell, the World War I British nurse who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She and Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.

She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.

This is one of the most extensive sites dedicated to Nurse Edith Cavell, and contains much exclusive material. Please explore the site using the menus at the top of each page.

IMPORTANT: Malta Opera Postponed

A concert version of the Edith Cavell opera was to have been heard for the first time in nearly 100 years on June 26th 2021 in the Piazza Teatru Ryal in Valletta, Malta (on the site of its original performance in 1927). Sadly this has had to be abandoned because of Covid restrictions – planning is underway for the revival to be held in mid 2022. See more details here: Recent New Material on Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell memorabilia archive

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to create a database of all the materials we hold in Swardeston on Edith Cavell. See this in due course here.

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