Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence,/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Edith Cavell was a British nurse, teacher, and author. She was a nurse during World War I. She was convicted of treason in German court and executed.
Edith Cavell was born in Swardeston, Norfolk, England, UK in 1865. She had three younger siblings. She went to Norwich High School and then was a governess. This led to her being trained as a nurse at London Hospital. She worked at multiple hospitals and then became matron of a nursing school. She began publishing a professional journal. She then became a training nurse for three hospitals, 24 schools, and 13 kindergartens in Belgium.
In 1914, Cavell began sheltering soldiers and funneling them out of this war-torn area. She ended up saving the lives of soldiers from both sides. She helped around 200 Allied soldiers escape then German-occupied Belgium. This led to her arrest and death sentence. Multiple people and countries tried to get relief of the sentence on her behalf. Throughout her trial and up until her death by firing squad in October of 1915, she is remembered as staying true to her beliefs of having helped others and forgiving those that condemned and then killed her.
Edith Cavell was immediately buried next to Saint-Gilles Prison. After the war, her remains were moved and she had a memorial at Westminster Abbey. She was then laid to rest at Life’s Green at Norwich Cathedral.
Edith Cavell’s story became propaganda and a source for military recruitment. She became known as the first British female casualty of World War I. There are multiple memorials and she is remembered in popular culture as well. She is part of films, plays, television, and music.
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