Further Reading & Links

Recent Books relating to Edith Cavell

September 2015 : Catherine Butcher ‘Edith Cavell : Faith before the Firing Squad’ Monarch/Lion Hudson. Available from Amazon at £8.99.

groveEdith Cavell: A Forgotten Heroine – Grove Book by Nick Miller. “Edith Cavell was executed in Brussels in October 1915 for helping 200 Allied soldiers escape German-occupied Belgium. This largely forgotten heroine founded modern nursing in Belgium; her death raised an outcry across the world. Her life demonstrates her commitment to nursing, which in turn derives from her Christian discipleship. She gave her life so that soldiers might live, displaying extraordinary courage over nine months. This insightful study reflects on her inspirational life and death, exploring themes and posing questions for personal use.”  More details including purchase: http://grovebooks.co.uk/products/s-131-edith-cavell-a-forgotten-heroine. Some supplementary material is available for those wanting more detail.

souhami1sDiana Souhami’s 2010 biography in paperback. Diana Souhami’s 2010 biography Edith Cavell (Quercus, London) was published in paperback in September 2011. Diana has also published a Pitkin guide Edith Cavell: a legacy of caring and learning  in 2015: https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/shop/the-pitkin-guide-to-edith-cavell

arthurBook by Terri Arthur. Terri Arthur is a US nurse who published a novel, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse in November 2011. This has been widely reviewed and has attracted considerable interest across the world among nurses. Terri has revised Fatal Decision for a second edition in 2015 – the UK edition is now titled ‘Fatal Destiny’. Available from Amazon in paperback, as a Kindle edition and as an audio book.

New Penguin translation of The Imitation of Christ. Edith Cavell annotated her edition of this Christian classic by Thomas a Kempis while imprisoned in Brussels August – October 1915. A facsimile of her own copy with her annotations can be found on the web. Penguin have recently published a new translation (spring 2013).

EDITH – a new play about Edith Cavell. The script for this play, first performed in Norwich in December 2012, is now available on the web – see the Amazon site under its author Chris Joby.

Anthony Randall ‘Edith Cavell: Brussels via Yorc’ (referring to the password used by the ‘Cavell Network’). Published by The Cloister House Press in April 2015 and available in paperback on Amazon.

Booklet by the London Hospital’s Archivist. A study has been produced by Jonathan Evans, archivist of the London Hospital. The material draws on archives relating to Edith Cavell’s experience as a nurse, and two-thirds of the 54 page book covers Edith’s training and different jobs in England and later in Belgium. This material helps us to understand more of her professional life and her relationships with those with whom she worked. Copies can be obtained from Nick Miller, The Old Schoolhouse, The Common, Swardeston, Norwich NR14 8EB – price £5 (or £7 if posted in the UK). Cheques to be made payable to N C Miller : they must be received prior to posting of the copy. Overseas and any other enquiries (about the new publication only) please e-mail by clicking here.

French language publications include:

Je Serai Fusillé Demain, Emmanuel Debruyne and Laurence Van Ypersele (Racine, 2011) on those executed in Belgium and France 1914-18

Bruxelles, la mémoire et la guerre (1914-2014) 2014. Laurence Van Ypersele, Emmanuel Debruyne, Chantal Kesteloot (Renaissance du Livre – www.renaissancedulivre.be)

Le Reseau Cavell: Des femmes et des hommes en resistance, Emmanuel LeBruyne (Racine, October 2015).

Edith Louisa Cavell : Héroïne de guerre entre piété et laïcité, entre mythe et réalité, Hugh R Boudin, December 2015. Read fuller details (in French) at https://www.amazon.fr/Edith-Louisa-Cavell-Heroine-laicite/dp/2930698225


Google Images is a good place to start!

The extensive memorabilia we have here in Swardeston includes a large variety of images – contact us for further information. We may also be able to advise where such images can be obtained for publications, documentaries etc.

The Wikipedia article on Edith Cavell also has further images:


There are many other websites of interest concerning Nurse Cavell.

The Cavell Nurses Trust: www.cavellnursestrust.org.

This Trust provides vital support to all UK nurses during very difficult times,  offering help to registered nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, student nurses and retired nurses who have given a lifetime of caring and compassion.

The Trust, formerly known as NurseAid, was originally set up in 1917 following the public outcry that followed the death of Edith Cavell. Many members of the public sent donations in memory of Edith and at the Cavell family’s suggestion the Trust set up several rest homes for nurses Edith Cavell had said that after the war she would hope to runs such a home for those needing relief from the stresses of nursing.

Each year the Trust also awards scholarships to outstanding student nurses and midwives in their final year of studies. This commemorates Edith Cavell’s commitment to the development of her profession.

A website for schools on heroes and heroines features a lively and very accessible section in Edith Cavell.  See http://historysheroes.e2bn.org/hero/86. Pages give the details of the story and opinions about her as well as some of her own comments. Readers are invited to reach their own conclusion as to ”Should she be considered a heroine?” This should be a very helpful aid for teachers and students alike who are wanting the key evidence about Edith Cavell and her life and work.

The railway van which was used to carry the coffin of Edith Cavell from Dover to Victoria in May 1919 can be seen in Kent where it is in the keeping of the Kent and East Sussex Railway. See: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/archive/index.php/t-16441. During 2010 it was restored to its ‘as built’ condition and it is used as a memorial exhibit to commemorate the Unknown Warrior, Nurse Cavell and Captain Fryatt whose remains it conveyed. It was inagurated on 10 November 2010 , the 90th anniversary of its use to convey the Unknown Warrior’s remains from Dover to London. It is normally located at the K&ESR Bodiam site. To visit the van and to find details of the days when this railway is running and there is access please consult the K&ESR website. http://www.kesr.org.uk/visitor-information

Norfolk Churches website: Swardeston page. Pictures of St Mary’s Swardeston including the East window in memory of Edith Cavell

An extensive website about The Great War. See especially the following entries concerning Edith Cavell, which give further background to her trial and execution:

Norwich Cathedral website.

The Royal London Hospital Museum and Archive.

Contemporary postcards.

Private Reginald Tite – inspired by EC’s shooting to join up.

Biographical sketches of memorable Christians of the past

Star archive – Dame Anna Neagle who played Edith Cavell in 1939

Search ‘Edith Cavell’ on the Imperial War Museum website for a wealth of further material.

Women who were spies

Nursing history internet resources

Edith Cavell’s grave at Norwich Cathedral.

Edith Cavell’s original burial site as it is today.

This extensive web site is mainly concerned with 20th Century UK Criminal & Military history.

The website of the UK National Archives. Entering ‘Edith Cavell’ into the search box reveals a whole host of sources and links.

If you find that any of the above links are no longer working, or if you have any others to suggest for inclusion here, We would be grateful for an e-mail.

Many thanks!