was international outrage at the execution of Edith
Cavell. This was largely centred on the fact that she
was a woman and a nurse – often seen as the profession
most clearly linked with feminine virtues. The German
authorities, surprised at the impact that her execution
had, were angered by the outcry. An article in Koelnsche
Zeitung two weeks after Edith’s death, argued
that it reflected a condescending attitude towards
There are reports of commemorations as far apart as
Petrograd, Lisbon and New York. Flowers, boats even
a racehorse and a train have been named after her.
Canada named a mountain ‘Mount Edith Cavell’.
There are memorials around the world. Edith Cavell’s
mother expressed a wish that memorials should be associated
with charitable work, rather than statues. Hence there
are a number of hospitals and schools. In New Zealand,
the town of Dunedin raised money for an ambulance,
the first in the area, and named it after her.
In 1918 a memorial statue was unveiled in Norwich
by Queen Alexandra. At the same time she opened a home
for District Nurses named after Edith. In 2006 a new
building for the UEA School of Nursing & Midwifery,
was opened, at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and
is named after her.
Edith Cavell is buried outside Norwich Cathedral.
There is a short commemorative service at her graveside
on August 13th every year.