After the death of her father, her mother moved to Norwich, and Edith made several trips home to see her. It was during one of these visits, in 1914, that the news came that Germany had invaded Belgium. Edith immediately returned to her training school in the suburbs of Brussels.
Escaping British prisoners of war making their way along an underground escape route to Holland and then on to England, found their way to Edith's door.
Over 200 soldiers had been helped to freedom before the Germans arrested a member of the escape committee and 5 days later Edith and several others were arrested.
She was tried by military court and sentenced to death.
Despite protests from several embassies in Belgium, Edith Cavell was executed by firing squad at dawn on 12th October 1915 at a rifle range just outside Brussels.
Shortly before her execution, she said "I know now that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred and no bitterness towards anyone."
News of her death brought world-wide outrage, and she soon became a martyr. In the 8 weeks after the news broke, recruitment into the British Army doubled..