Edith Cavell PB Faith before the firing squad by Catherine Buthcher
When English nurse Edith Cavell was executed for treason by a German firing squad during World War I, there was condemnation around the world. Catherine Butcher retells the story of this courageous woman of faith who was dedicated to saving lives among both friends and foes.
Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. She was shot by a German firing squad at the age of 49. Her execution was greeted with worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. A woman of profound faith, she told her chaplain, on the night before her execution, "Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." Her death caused international outrage and may have contributed to America's decision to enter the war. Three films and a stage play have been written about her life, and many public buildings and streets named after her. She was featured on a commemorative GBP5.00 coin in 2015.