Cavell Nurses Trust: Wreath Laying – 12 Oct 21

Following my installation last October, the first event that I attended as Master of the Company of Nurses was to lay a wreath at the memorial for Edith Cavell in Trafalgar Square. This commemorative service takes place each year on October 12th - the date that she was executed by the German firing squad for treason. Her famous words the night before her execution are inscribed on her memorial  “Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone”.

The event last year involved very few people due to Covid restrictions, so it was a privilege and honour to be able to represent the Company for a second time. This year there were representatives there in her honour including the Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, Defence Attache from the Belgium Embassy, Sisters from the London Hospital, the RCN, Cheshire Regiment Association, and the Chair of the Cavell Nurses Trust. T

he Chief Nurse of Barts Health and the Director of Nursing for the Royal London Hospital spoke on behalf of the nurses from the Trust and remembered all those who nurses who have given their lives particularly following the pandemic.

This is a moving ceremony and one that I shall attend in the future whenever possible.

Frances Davies