October 12, 2015 5:16 am

Belgium marks WWI execution of British nurse Edith Cavell 100 years ago

(From L) mayor of Uccle Armand De Decker, Princess Anne of Britain and Princess Astrid of Belgium unveil a bust in honor of Edith Cavell in the park of Montjoie in Uccle during a ceremony as part of the celebrations for the centenary of the her death on October 12, 2015. Edith Cavell was a British nurse killed hundred years ago by German during WWI she is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and 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. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad, her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage.

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BRUSSELS – Belgium is commemorating the execution of British World War I nurse Edith Cavell by the German forces that occupied the country, lauding her outstanding contribution to humanity.

Germany accused Cavell of helping injured Britons escape and shot her at dawn on October 12, 1915. Around much of the world, she has largely been forgotten but at the time, the allied nations considered her a martyr in the war effort and saw her death as more proof of German brutality.

On Monday, the Belgian senate met in a special session with Princess Anne of Britain in attendance to mark the event.

Cavell, 48, was the head of a nursing school in Brussels when Germany invaded Belgium in 1914. While caring for all victims, she also helped many allied soldiers escape.

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