Nurse Cavell Memorial 1920

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    Charing Cross, London.

    The recently completed memorial for Nurse Edith Cavell is unveiled. Cavell was shot by the German's during the First World War for helping Allied P.O.W.s escape.

    M/S of a bearded man in military uniform, behind him stand several smartly dressed gentlemen and a policeman. Beside them are several children and a woman who can not stop giggling. C/U of the bearded man. C/U of two men in military uniform.

    L/S of a crowd lined street, a parade with a brass band and people carrying banners moves towards the camera, policemen hold the crowds back.

    M/S of men, some in uniform, carrying a large wreath. The military men seen previously in the C/Us stand nearby, one reads the notes for his speech. C/U of one of military men addressing a crowd. C/U of another of the military men giving a passionate speech in front of the Edith Cavell memorial. High angle L/S of the large crowd surrounding the speakers in front of the memorial, many shelter from the rain under umbrellas. Good L/S of the memorial as the parade passes.

    Note: according to old records the memorial was unveiled by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII. "Faithful Unto Death". There are no good shots of the Queen - it is possible that the old record is referring to another Gazette Story that it has the wrong can number. AH 2000.

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  • The memorial was unveiled on 16 March 1920, as the attached newspaper article will confirm....

    The shots list currently details the location as "Charing Cross", but more precisely the memorial is situated in St. Martin's Place, London.

    jamied 26th Sep 2012
  • That earlier newspaper link won't work. Here's another attempt....

    jamied 26th Sep 2012

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