In school we did a project where you had to read a biography and then write about that book, and make a paper person out of it so here is my Bio-person.
Nurse, spy, heroine
By: Adele De Leeuw
Edith grew up in the age where the job of nursing was disrespected by nearly everyone. She was born on December 4, 1865 in the village of Swardeston, England. Her childhood was an exceptionally good one, her father the Reverend Cavell, was a stern and forbidding father. Her mother, Louisa, was gentle and warm.
Her first job was as a governess in a wealthy family home. When the children grew older went to be a governess at the François family in Brussels, Belgium. When her father grew ill she had to come back home to take care of him. Then she knew what she wanted to do.
She wanted to be a nurse.
She entered a three year training period in London, though her mother tried to stop her (her father never knew). When she was done with her training she went to a hospital called St. Pancreas. There she would stay for many years until she got a letter from a man named Dr. DePage. She instantly became friends with his wife, and he wanted her to teach at his new nurse school in Brussels! At that point in her life she was 42 years old. Edith loved dogs so when she failed to have any human relationships she decided that she would save every stray dog that she saw and bring it to the hospital. Sometimes the dogs were ill and Edith nursed them back to health. She had one particular favorite and she named him jack in honor of her brother, Jack followed her everywhere.
Soon after World War I began. She helped the soldiers in the war and every day she hoped it would be over. Then the Germans took over. It was forbidden to do pretty much anything patriotic in Brussels. So they found other ways of showing their patriotism. Like instead of singing the whole anthem they would sing just a sentence. They were silly pranks but they kept hopes up.
Then a woman named Louise was trying to hide men and help them across the border. The Germans were becoming suspicious. She had heard of Edith and she asked her for help. Edith found places for these men and was helping them escape to freedom.
The Germans soon became suspicious and were determined to find where they were escaping from, and they soon found out. She was sent to jail immediately and she remained calm the entire time. Her nurses sent her flowers and food. She went on trial and confessed to everything. She was sentenced to death and still remained calm the entire time. Her friends tried everything and her sentince was still the same. She was shot by the germans and died at 7:00am on October 12th, 1915.