Tuesday 24 July 2018

The re-interment of Edith Cavell

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The re-interment of Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell was a British nurse working in Brussels at the start of the First World War. In 1915 she was arrested for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium and was sentenced to death. She was executed by firing squad on 12 October 1915 and was buried in Belgium.

After the war, her body was exhumed and repatriated to Britain, and she was re-interred at Norwich Cathedral. This silent film footage documents Edith's funeral procession, which took place in Norwich on 15 May 1919.

This is an edited version of the film. Watch the full version.

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