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Mourning Card - Nurse Edith Cavell, 15 May 1919 Document Reg. No: ST 037605

Summary:
Small mourning card printed in memory of nurse Edith Cavell, 'murdered by the Germans at Brussels', 12 October 1915. Printed by Burgess Printers, York Place, Strand, London, as a memento at the time of Nurse Cavell's burial at Norwich Cathedral on 15 May 1919.

Edith Cavell served as a nurse with the red cross in Belgium during World War I. On August 5, 1915 she was arrested by the Germans on the charge of assisting allied troops to escape to Holland. After being held for nine weeks, Edith confessed and was brought to trial. She was sentenced to death by firing squad, along with her accomplice Philippe Baucq, and was executed on 12 October 1915. Her execution received widespread media coverage and on 12 October 1918 Queen Alexandra unveiled a memorial in Tombland, Norwich. The memorial was moved in 1993 to beside the Erpingham Gate, near Norwich Cathedral. After the War her body was brought back to England and after a service at Westminster Abbey was interred at Norwich Cathedral.
Description:
White card with black lettering, wreath with 'in Loving Memory' inside. Black and silver border on front, back and the inside of the card. Picture of Nurse Edith Cavell on the inside.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Servicemen's League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1987
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 0.5 cm (Height), 7.7 cm (Width), 11.5 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, death mourning, world war i 1914-1918, nursing, military memorabilia, cards, memorials
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edith Louisa Cavell, World War I Nurse (1865-1915)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: documents
Inscriptions: Front cover: 'In Loving Memory' surrounded by a wreath with black and silver border.
Inside: 'In Loving Memory of Nurse Edith Cavell, Who was murdered by the Germans at Brussels October 12th 1915. Buried at Norwich Cathedral May 15th 1919. Loved by all who knew her'. Also a verse or prayer. Photo of Nurse Edith Cavell. Inside of card has a black and silver border.
Person Commemorated: Edith Cavell, 12 Oct 1919
Manufacturer: Burgess Printer, 1919

Manufacturer, York Place, Strand.
References: WORLDBOOK ENCYC: Vol C. p.246; 'Edith Cavell', Wikipedia, accessed 10/9/2012.

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