1919: The Homecoming of Nurse Edith Cavell

The homecoming of Nurse Edith Cavell, May 13-15 1919

Table of files
(Clicking on the links will download individual pdf files.)

  1. What did Edith Cavell do and why?
  2. Timeline: 1907 -1919
  3. Making the homecoming arrangements ‘It is of course without precedent’
  4. More than commemoration…. Why did crowds turn out?
  5. Edith’s last meeting
  6. Patriotism is not enough… I must have no hatred or bitterness’
  7. Edith Cavell remembered – selected quotes
  8. No – no statues’ – the Cavell family’s views of ways to remember Edith
  9. The story of Jack, Edith Cavell’s dog – Jack the war hero
  10. Sgt Jesse Tunmore – ‘saved’ by Edith Cavell – carried her coffin in Norwich
  11. Three funerals – one converted railway luggage truck

Photographic material of direct relevance to the main material is set out within each section with source, and copyright sources if known

Sources: This material has been collated from a variety of sources including research in  the National Archives. the Imperial War Museum, the Royal London Hospital Archive, the Norfolk Record Office, the Norwich Heritage Library and in the press of the day. An extended search for evidence in publicly accessible English diaries of the era has, sadly, produced very little. Maybe publicity around the centenary will help fill that gap – any such evidence will be gratefully received at enquiry@edithcavell.org.uk.

Acknowledgement Please cite the source of material used (St Mary’s Swardeston Cavell Archive)  and our website www.edithcavell.org.uk. Enquiries should be made to enquiry@edithcavell.org.uk

The ‘homecoming’ research and publication project is funded as part of a 2018 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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