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Norfolk heroine is remembered

PUBLISHED: 10:04 19 October 2010

Nurse Edith Cavell remembrance service at her graveside in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral

Photo: Bill Smith

Nurse Edith Cavell remembrance service at her graveside in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral Photo: Bill Smith

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She died 95 years ago but Norfolk heroine Edith Cavell will always be remembered

Nurse Edith Cavell remembrance service at her graveside in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral

Photo: Bill Smith

Although she lost her life 95 years ago her memory is as vivid as ever and it was a privilege to lay a wreath on behalf of the city at her annual memorial service organised by the Norfolk and Norwich Combined Ex-Services Association.

Bill McClintock and Brian Wilson and the rest of the team do a marvellous job arranging this service and there were proud standard-bearers, men and women, from across the city and county.

It was good to see so many organisations from Norwich and Norfolk represented at the service.

Members of the Mile Cross Salvation Army Band were on top form leading the march to the graveside for the service and then past Edith’s monument on Tombland.

Perhaps next year it would be good to see more young people getting involved in the service – maybe some of our schools could join in this moving service to remember this truly
remarkable woman who died saving others.

A woman who still seems to be far more famous abroad than she is at home – and she was very much a Norfolk woman.

And if you want to know
more about her extraordinary
life and times the Norfolk
nurse who was shot during the First World War then I
recommend the new book simply called Edith Cavell by Diana Souhami.

Diana, who spoke about her book at a gathering in the cathedral on Monday, has done a brilliant job and the book is a fitting tribute to a woman we must never forget.

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