Originally posted on History And Other Thoughts.
“Brussels will be haunted for ever by the ghost of this noble woman, shamefully murdered. I thought no act of our enemy could surprise me further. I was mistaken. This foul deed will live when great battles are forgotten.”
That’s what King Albert I of the Belgians uttered when he learned English nurse Edith Cavell had been executed. Up to the last, he thought the sentence wouldn’t be carried out. Both he and his wife Elizabeth did all they could to try and get her released since she was arrested, but it was all in vain. The Germans wanted to make an example of her. On 12th October 1915, Edith Cavell was executed in Brussels, an act that shocked the entire world.
Edith Luisa Cavell was born in Swardeston, a village near Norwich, on 4th December 1865. She was the eldest child (she had three siblings) of Reverend Frederick Cavell, vicar of Swardeston. Although the family wasn’t rich, they always shared what they had with those less fortunate than them and, from an early age, the children were taught to care for others. Edith also visited the poor with her mother and even become a Sunday School teacher. This need to help other people had a big influence on her life.
After she finished her education (she was educated at home first and, when she was about 16, attended several local and boarding schools where she learned French), she first became a governess. She worked for several families and they all seemed to like her. In the late 1890s she inherited a small amount of money and decided to take a trip to Austria and Bavaria. Here she visited a free hospital run by Dr Wolfenberg and, impressed with what she saw, donated some money to it. Then, she briefly resumed her governess work before…
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Originally posted on Alessio Fabbri. [Google translation]
So far I have focused on the father’s side of my family, about the name they harbor. But there is just as much curiosity and attention on my part against the maternal line, in which individual Manetto Manetti an excellent first step introduction. The reasons for which Manetto gives charisma from beyond are mainly related to the events that have marked the death, including the fact that his life was almost completely silenced by his family after his death, not to suffer, not to remember that wound.
Manetto was born on Dec. 18, 1896 in Villanova di Bagnacavallo, in the province of Ravenna. Formally baptized Manetto Carlo Domenico Manetti , the baby, who was born at 7 pm, receives the name of his uncle of his father, a priest named Manetto Manetti died in 1891. The son of Domenico Manetti and Adele Farini , the young man grows in the town of Romagna soon learning the craft of carter (who system wagons horse). They are hidden in me memories of all kinds: anecdotes, memories of youth, and so still has not managed to recover, conscious that perhaps never will happen. The first information is recordable with the discovery of military documents, which mark the…
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