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Edith Cavell - A War Heroine



Edith Cavell - A War Heroine
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     challenging words:    vicar, confinement, teens, greatly, trickery, patriotism, governess, hatred, wealthy, wounded, better, highly, traitor, beloved, administrator, death
     content words:    Edith Cavell, Antoine Depage, World War, If Edith Cavell, In July, Phillipe Baucq


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Edith Cavell - A War Heroine
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Not all heroes in a war are men fighting on the front line. Many things happen behind the lines that are heroic. People perform acts that are natural to them. They may not realize how much of an effect these acts have on others. Sometimes these natural acts can cause someone else to get angry. This was the case with a very caring woman named Edith Cavell.
 
2     Edith was born near Norwich, England in 1865. She was the daughter of a vicar and his wife and the eldest of their four children. Through her father, she learned high principles of living and the power of prayer. She held these lessons with her throughout her life. Edith's family was very poor and unable to pay for the education that Edith wanted. She left home in her late teens to become the governess to a wealthy family in Brussels, Belgium. She grew to love the children in her charge and the country in which she now lived.
 
3     In 1895, her father became seriously ill. The children she had been raising were now grown enough that they no longer needed her. Edith decided that now was the time to return to England to care for her father. Her father died the following year. The time that Edith had spent with him convinced her that nursing was her calling. She entered nursing school and completed her training. She became the supervisor of a hospital in 1901. Her professional life of giving aid and comfort had begun.

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