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And today’s Google Doodle is...a Norfolk hero

PUBLISHED: 08:44 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:57 04 December 2018

Edith Cavell as the face of the Google Doodle PHOTO: Google

Edith Cavell as the face of the Google Doodle PHOTO: Google


She was a woman who never sought fame and died a martyr’s death after risking her life to save others.

Edith Cavell    Photo: LibraryEdith Cavell Photo: Library

So Edith Cavell would probably have been nonplussed by her newest taste of glory - as today’s google Doodle.

The Norfolk-born nurse, who smuggled scores of wounded British soldiers out of German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, is the cartoon face of Google’s home page.

The doodle marks the Swardeston-born hero’s birthday. She was born in the village on December 4 1865, the daughter of the Rev Frederick Cavell and his wife Louisa.

She became a nurse after caring for her sick father, and in 1907 was appointed matron of a nursing school in Brussels, Belgium.

Her efforts in rescuing British soldiers in 1914 and 1915 were discovered when she was betrayed.

She was court-martialled and - despite uproar across Europe - executed by firing squad on October 12 1915.

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