I Realise That Patriotism Is Not Enough

October 12, 2015

The Mad Game Newsreel


The Story of Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell who was executed on 12th October 1915. Edith Cavell who was executed on 12th October 1915.

Perhaps one of the most successful pieces of propaganda utilised during the Great War was linked to the fate of a woman who had been born and bred in Norfolk. Edith Cavell, a nurse who came from Swardeston, had been training student nurses at the L’Ecole Belge d’Infirmières Diplômées in Brussels and although she was treating her sick Father when war broke out she returned to Belgium. Edith continued to treat wounded soldiers when Brussels fell and, as a result of the rapid retreat of the BEF, many British soldiers became trapped behind enemy lines.

It is estimated that Edith helped at least five men from the 1/Norfolks to escape after Mons. This included Charlie Scott, who had been seriously wounded and was carefully hidden by a succession of Belgian families. He eventually ended up in…

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