Cavell, Edith Louisa
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Cavell, Edith Louisa

(December 4, 1865, Swardeston [Norfolk] – October 12, 1915, Brussels [executed]), British nurse. Cavell directed the nurses’ school (École Belge d’Infirmières Diplomées) at Berkendael on the edge of Brussels from 1907 to 1915. In the autumn of 1914 she met Herman Capiau, a Belgian engineer engaged in aiding the escape of Allied soldiers caught behind the German lines after the fall of Mons. Capiau asked her to take in two British soldiers who had disguised themselves as Belgian workers. These two w…

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Winter, Jay, “Cavell, Edith Louisa”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0115>
First published online: 2015



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