Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell

Sir George Frampton, R.A., P.R.B.S. (1860-1928)

Unveiled 1920

White marble, against a 7.6-metre-tall grey granite cross.

St Martin's Place, London WC2

Nurse Edith Cavell (1865-1915), shot at dawn in Brussels for helping allied soldiers escape to Holland in the early stages of World War I, is shown in the nurse's uniform she wore to face the firing squad. As a contemporary New York Times report about plans for the statue had foreseen, "The serene figure of the heroic nurse" now stands "in the midst of a constant swirl of traffic" — a silent witness to courage in the face of death ("To Charge Nothing") [continued below].

Other Views

  • Close-up of figure
  • Lion representing Fortitude
  • Photograph, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009.

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