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Blanket of Poppies recall's Edith Cavell's life

The blanket of poppies Credit: ITV

A blanket of hand-crafted poppies created by Peterborough artist Charron Pugsley-Hill was laid at the war memorial.

The blanket consists of 49 felt poppies made by Peterborough women, each poppy representing a year of Edith Cavell's life.

The blanket being laid in Peterborough Credit: ITV

It also has a centrepiece design of Britain, Belgium and the sea that contains words and symbols associated with her remarkable life.

Among the words are the name of the Peterborough School she attended, Laurel Court.

Words and symbols associated with the British nurse's life. Laurel Court School can be seen in the left hand corner. Credit: ITV

The blanket's designer Charron Pugsley-Hill wanted to raise awareness about Edith Cavell's life in the Peterborough community.


WATCH: Gun salute to remember Edith Cavell

A gun salute has been held in Peterborough to commemorate the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell.

Edith Cavell, who was born in Norfolk and went to school in Peterborough, was executed by German forces on 12th October 1915. She had been working as a nurse in occupied Belgium during the First World War, and helping allied soldiers to escape.

When the German forces discovered what she had been doing, she was tried for treason and executed. She was still wearing her nurse's uniform the morning she was shot.

Edith Cavell's death attracted worldwide condemnation, and Revd Canon Bruce Ruddock at Peterborough Cathedral told ITV News her courage still inspires people today.

Two minute silence for Edith Cavell

Peterborough Cathedral, where the silence will be held Credit: PA

A two minute silence has been held in Peterborough for Norfolk's World War One nurse Edith Cavell at 7am on Monday.

She was executed for helping allied soldiers in German occupied Brussels in 1915.

At 7 o'clock there was a silence at Peterborough Cathedral, a procession was then held at the nearby War Memorial for a service. There will be a gun salute to commemorate the centenary of her death.

Edith Cavell went to school in Peterborough.

Hundreds attend service for Edith Cavell

The procession in Norwich today Credit: ITV Anglia

More than a hundred people attended a service at the graveside of Edith Cavell at Norwich cathedral today.

A procession, which included nurses dressed in World War One uniforms, made its way to the final resting place of the woman who was executed by the Germans 100 years ago.

Cavell, who was born in Norfolk, helped 200 Allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium and was killed by firing squad for it.


Respects paid to First World War heroine, Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell. Credit: ITV Anglia

Events are taking place in Peterborough today to mark the centenary of one of its First World War heroines

Edith Cavell was a nurse who helped allied soldiers to escape from German occupied Brussels. She was executed in 1915 by firing squad.

She attended Laurel Court School in Peterborough Cathedral Precincts as a teenager. For the next three days events will be going on at the Cathedral and Museum in her honour, and there will be a service of thanksgiving this weekend

Exactly 100 years to the day since Edith Cavell's execution, on Monday 12th October at 7.00am, a two minute silence will be observed in the Cathedral.

Petition to honour battlefield nurse

Edith Cavell was shot by a German firing squad

Relatives of a Norfolk-born nurse sentenced to death for saving the lives of hundreds of soldiers during the First World War will deliver a 100,000-strong petition calling for her to be commemorated on a new two pound coin.

Edith Cavell was known as the nurse who "saw no sides" because of the life-saving care she gave Allied troops and soldiers from the Axis powers alike.

But she was betrayed, arrested for treason and shot by firing squad in 1915

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