war veteran joins ceremony for WW1 heroine Edith Cavell
Burnham-On-Sea war veteran has taken part in a ceremony to remember
a WWI heroine this week.
Neville Jones laid flowers in memory of Edith Cavell, who helped
hundreds of allied troops escape from behind enemy lines before
she was executed for treason by the Germans 100 years ago.
was indiscriminate about treating both German and Allied soldiers
during her work as a nurse on the front line.
- who met her father during his work many years ago - told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"As soon as I heard about this week's special ceremony in
London, I was keen to go along and lay my humble flowers alongside
others to remember such a special person."
is no doubt that she helped many hundreds of people escape form
behind enemy lines and also filtered back useful information to
help our side at the same time."
added: "I was warmly welcomed by her family at the ceremony
and was even invited along to their reception afterwards where
I recounted how I'd met Edith's father many years ago."
is one of only three women to have a statute in London, with hers
located outside St Martin in the Fields - and wreaths were laid
there in her honour.
execution provoked outrage in Britain, and she became known as
'our Joan of Arc'. Writing at the time, Arthur Conan Doyle, author
of Sherlock Holmes, said: "Everybody must feel disgusted
at the barbarous actions of the German soldiery in murdering this
great and glorious specimen of womanhood."