2019 Commemorations

2019 commemorations

In early May 1919 Edith Cavell’s remains were exhumed from the Tir National shooting range in Brussels where she had been shot on 12 October 1915. Her coffin was returned to Dover from Ostend on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Rowena. Early on Thursday May 15th it was conveyed in a specially prepared railway van (now located in Kent – http://www.preservation.kesr.org.uk/wagons-vans/cavell) to Victoria station in London. The coffin was taken on a gun carriage with full military honours to Westminster Abbey for a memorial service at 11.45. Queen Alexandra and the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George,  were present.

The coffin then travelled through the crowded London streets to Liverpool Street station where a special 14.30 train took it to Norwich. All along the line people stood in silence remembering nurse Cavell.

At 17.30 that day her remains were laid to rest in a simple grave outside the east end of Norwich Cathedral.

There will be events in May 2019 to mark the centenary of these events:

In Brussels : details to be confirmed

In London : On Wednesday May 15 2019 Edith Cavell will be remembered again at Westminster Abbey in a service for nurses in the morning.

In Norwich : The Dean of Westminster will preach in Norwich Cathedral early in the evening of May 15th at a service marking the centenary of these everts.

More details will be posted here.