Revealed: New evidence that executed wartime nurse Edith Cavell’s network was spying

It remains one of the most shocking episodes of the First World War: Edith Cavell, a British nurse, executed by firing squad for helping Allied soldiers to escape occupied Belgium.

The German claim that Cavell was a spy was vehemently denied by the British government and she became a national heroine whose death inspired tens of thousands to join up for the war effort.

But Dame Stella Rimington, the former director-general of MI5, has made a startling claim on the centenary of Cavell’s death.

In a BBC programme, she will assert that Cavell’s network was indeed smuggling intelligence back to the Allies.

  • BillyHW

    Amazing. A true hero, full of loyalty to her own kind, who didn’t need to sacrifice her femininity in order to help the allied war effort. They just don’t make them like that anymore. In fact, now they make them like this:


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    • Too true.