New £5 coin to feature British WW1 nurse Edith Cavell

A British nurse executed by the Germans during the First World War is to be featured on a new commemorative £5 coin.

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Minister: 'British hero Edith Cavell showed true bravery'

The treasury minister has said that nurse Edith Cavell showed "true bravery" by helping injured soldiers in the First World War.

Edith Cavell, a British nurse and humanitarian. Credit: Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Treasury minister Nicky Morgan said: "She showed true bravery by helping injured soldiers, regardless of their nationality, and it is right that she should be honoured as a British hero.

"She risked her life to help Allied forces escape and in doing so paid the ultimate price. It is important that we remember the sacrifices made by so many people in different ways during the war."

New £5 coin to feature British WW1 nurse Edith Cavell

A British nurse executed by the Germans during the First World War is to be featured on a new commemorative £5 coin. The Edith Cavell coin will form part of a commemorative set to be issued next year by the Royal Mint marking the centenary of the war.

Nurses and family of World War I nurse Edith Cavell. Credit: PA

Miss Cavell worked as a nurse in German-occupied Belgium where she helped save the lives of soldiers from both sides.She was shot by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers to escape across the border into the Netherlands.

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