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Nurse and Martyr
Nurse and Martyr

Nurse and Martyr 1915


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Nurse and Martyr 1915

United Kingdom Director. Percy Moran

This intriguing dramatised account of WWI nurse Edith Cavell's imprisonment and execution at the hands of the Germans was produced shortly after her death. Cavell had been arrested for sheltering Allied soldiers and aiding their escape. Directed by and starring former circus performer Percy Moran, with Cora Lee in the title role, what this film lacks in completeness it makes up for in sheer drama.

The failure of diplomatic efforts by neutral countries to obtain a reprieve meant that on 12 October 1915, wearing her nursing uniform, Cavell was executed by firing squad in Brussels. An instant martyr, her fate provoked worldwide protest. Recruitment doubled in the weeks following her death, strengthening Allied morale.

Directed by

Percy Moran


Percy Moran

Cora Lee


Biopic War


Cavell, Edith (1865-1915) World War I


Cinema of WWI Remembrance 1915 on Film




United Kingdom



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