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Killed for being good

The Edith Cavell card that belonged to Dorothy Patton's father Alexander Waters.

The Edith Cavell card that belonged to Dorothy Patton's father Alexander Waters.

The pictures here show the inside of a card about the First World War nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed in 1915.

The story of the British nurse who helped hundreds of Allied soldiers to safety from Belgium into neutral Holland before being captured by the Germans featured in the second part of our series of First World War supplements last month.

An Alnwick woman, Dorothy Patton, was reminded of this card which belonged to her father, Alexander Waters.

He was serving in the regulars in India when the war broke out before heading to France where he was taken prisoner, something he never spoke about.

He spent about four years as a prisoner in Germany, but Mrs Patton doesn’t know why he had this card, addressed to him, among his belongings or where it came from.

 

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