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Why Was Edith Cavell Shot?

35 members of the escape network were brought to trial charged with conveying soldiers to the enemy. Most were given between 2 and 10 years hard labour, 8 were acquitted. Phillippe Bancq and Edith Cavell were shot.  Originally, another four were condemned to death, but received a reprieve when the Pope intervened on their behalf.
The sentence on Edith and Phillipe was carried out very quickly ’in the interest of the state’, despite desperate appeals from the American Minister and Spanish Ambassador in Brussels.

Albert Thuiliez, one of the reprieved condemned prisoners was certain that had Edith Cavell worn her nurses uniform at her trial she would not have been given the death sentence.

Phillipe Baucq had a leading role in the development and operation of the escape network. In prison he was duped into confessing to a ‘cell mate’ that as well as operating the escape network and controlling the distribution of the illegal newspaper  ‘La Libre Belgique’ he had worked as a spy.
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