Monument | War dead | WW1

Edith Cavell statue

Erection date: 16/3/1920


{Beneath the statue of Cavell:}
Edith Cavell, Brussels, dawn, October 12th 1915.
Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.

{Near the top, at the front:}
For King and Country.

{Level with that, on the back:}
Faithful until death.

{Above the statue of Cavell:}

{Level with 'Humanity', on the left hand side, back and right hand side:}

This was the obvious memorial to choose as the first featured memorial for London Remembers, in February 2004. Cavell was executed by the Germans in Brussels and she figures on our other site, Brussels Remembers. She was a British nurse, executed for helping allied soldiers escape.

Click on the button at the left: "subjects commemorated" to gather more details of her heroic live and death.

Unveiled by Queen Alexandra in 1920. 4 years later Cavell's words "Patriotism. . . . " were added.

Site: Edith Cavell statue (1 memorial)

WC2, St Martin's Place

We thank Jamie Davis for finding this link to the British Pathe news film of the unveiling and for sending a 18 March 1920 news-clipping which says that prior to the arrival of this statue this island was occupied by a statue of General Gordon, which was removed to Khartoum.

Osbert Sitwell did not like this memorial. In his 1928 People's Album of London Statues, he writes that it: "with its absurd babies and all its apocryphal tackle of quite meaningless and sentimental allegory, further vitiated by a mistaken effort at German modernity, is an eyesore and atrocity of the most infamous kind."

A wreath is laid here every year on 12 October, the day she was executed.

This site was previously occupied, for a few months in 1902, by a statue of General Gordon on a camel. See there for more information.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Edith Cavell statue

Subjects commemorated i

World War 1

We'd always assumed that this war was known as the Great War until WW2 came a...

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Edith Louisa Cavell

Edith Cavell was born on 4 December 1865 in Swardeston in Norfolk. At the age...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Edith Cavell statue

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Queen Alexandra

Wife of Edward VII, mother of George V. Born at the Amalienborg Palace, Copen...

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Sir George Frampton

Sculptor.  Born at 91 Brook Street, Lambeth. Died at home at 91 Carlton Hill,...

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