St Martin's Place (WC2)
Swardeston, Norfolk, 1865 - Schaarbeek 1915
British nurse; saved the lives of soldiers from both sides and helped some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death
sir George Frampton
White marble statue of Edith Cavell, against a 7.6-m (25 ft) tall grey granite cross with a statue of a mother and child with the flag of the red cross on top - meant to symbolise Humanity, more specifically the allies' role in protecting Belgium and other small nations. On the back of the cross is a relief of a standing lion.
[Beneath the statue of Cavell:]
OCTOBER 12th 1915
patriotism is not enough
I must have no hatred or
bitterness for anyone
[Above the statue of Cavell, around the cross]
[Near the top, beneacht the mother and child statue, front and back]
for king and country
faithful until death
Geo. Frampton R.A. | 1920 (?)
Unveiled 17 March 1920 by Queen Alexandra. The earliest World War I memorial project in England.
- Sir George James Frampton, RA (London 1860-1928), British sculptor (Wikipedia).
Sources & Information
- Wikipedia, List of public art in the City of Westminster.
- The Victorian Web, Edith Cavell.
- John Blackwood, London's Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues (London: Savoy, 1989), p. 166-167.
- Andrew Kershman, London's Monuments (London: Metro Publ., 2013), p. 12.
- Peter Matthews, London's Statues and Monuments (Botley: Shire, 2012), p. 15-16.
Location (N 51°30'33" - W 0°7'37")
Item Code: gblo011; Photograph: 3 August 2014
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