(I'm currently at the Historical Novel Society conference--more on that next week when I am home and over Conference Fatigue, lol! But today we have a Heroine for a belated Memorial Day tribute, Nurse Edith Cavell, who lost her life in WWI)
The Red Cross took over the hospital when the war started, and Cavell became a war nurse. She also helped wounded British soldiers out of occupied Belgium into the Netherlands, becoming part of a large network of underground escape routes. She was arrested by the Germans on august 3, 1915 and charged with harboring Allied soldiers.
She was held in prison for 10 weeks, confessing to sheltering 60 British and 15 French soldiers, as well as French and Belgian civilians before being condemned to death. The British diplomatic service could do nothing for her, despite the fact that she was a British national and should not have been charged with treason. On the night before she was executed, she wrote "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness toward anyone." (the words now carved on her statue in Trafalgar Square). She was executed by firing squad on October 11, and her death was a huge propaganda tool for the Allied cause.