War hero nurse Edith
Cavell's connection to Alberta
Nurse Edith Cavell during
her lifetime didn't actually have a connection with Alberta, but her courageous
work during the Great War and her death by firing squad, moved thousands
of people around the world.
was the Matron of the Surgical Institute of Brussels when the Great War began.
In the first year of the war she treated patients from both sides of the conflict--German,
as well as Belgian and French.
of Brussels was looming but she refused to leave her work and her patients,
so continued to admit all the wounded. In August of 1915, she was arrested
and accused of helping "prisoners", the English, French or Belgians now in
occupied Belgium, to escape across the border to freedom. She refused to
lie on her own behalf and so admitted her "guilt". She was executed by firing
squad in October of the same year.
mountain near Jasper was named Mount Edith Cavell in her honour, and a nearby
lake became "Lake of Forgiveness" in commemoration of her last words, forgiving
the commander of the execution squad. Another peak was named Mount Sorrow. A
memorial service is held each year in the Anglican Church in Jasper.
"I have seen death so often that
is not strange or painful to me. I am glad to die for my Country." -
Brussels, October 12, 1915.
One of many commemorative post cards made about Edith Cavell.
German soldier Rammler shot for refusing to take part in the execution of