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Service at Peterborough Cathedral to remember Edith Cavell

The local MP was among those at the early morning service Credit: ITV

A two minute silence has been held a hundred years on, to mark the hour of Edith Cavell's execution. The British nurse was shot by firing squad on the morning of October 12th, 1915.

The silence was held at Peterborough Cathedral. Edith Cavell, who was born in Norfolk, attended Laurel Court School which is in the cathedral's grounds.

It was here she learned the fluent French she would need working as a nurse in Belgium during the First World War.

The memorial to Edith Cavell in Peterborough Cathedral Credit: ITV Anglia

The clinic she was in charge of became part of a resistance network of safe houses for hundreds of Allied soldiers before they were smuggled into the Netherlands.

The resistance group was betrayed by a German collaborator and Edith Cavell was arrested and tried for treason before being executed.

Today a civic procession in her memory left Peterborough Town Hall in Bridge Street making its way to the Cathedral for the two minute silence.

The early morning procession to the Cathedral Credit: ITV

The procession then headed to the Peterborough War Memorial for a service of memorial led by the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, and The Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock, Canon Precentor at the Cathedral.

A gun salute also commemorated the centenary of her execution.

The gun salute in Peterborough Credit: ITV

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