One hundred and two years ago on (15th October 1915) Edith Cavell, who was working as a nurse working in Brussels when the city was occupied by the forces of Imperial Germany in 1914. She remained in Brussels treating the wounded and helping the sick and worked with others to help more than 200 allied soldiers to escape from occupied Belgium.
She was arrested and sentenced by an Imperial German military court to death (with 33 others) and shot by a firing squad on October 15th 1915. This act, despite international appeals for clemency (including from neutral powers), along with other brutal atrocities committed by Imperial German forces in Belgium did much to sway world opinion to the Allied side.
Edith Cavell’s, last words were: "I realise that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone". She did not want to be remembered as a martyr or a heroine but simply as "a nurse who tried to do her duty".