Campaign for an Edith Cavell £2 coin


Labour Councillors are supporting the campaign to have a likeness of Edith Cavell on a £2 coin. The campaign started following the announcement that the Treasury is planning a Kitchener coin and campaigners felt that there ought to be an additional coin which commemorates the good and brave deeds of the First World War carried out by people such as Edith Cavell, who is also commemorated with a statue at St Martin’s Place in Westminster

The petition says – “Please issue a £2 coin with the face of Edith Cavell on it to commemorate a woman who did her duty during the First World War, a duty not just to country but to all humankind.”

The campaigners say;

“Edith Cavell was a nurse who was executed for giving succour to all wounded soldiers regardless of nationality. The woman who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She and Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.

“I realise that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone”, these are her last words. She did not want to be remembered as a martyr or a heroine but simply as “a nurse who tried to do her duty”. In the year in which we commemorate the First World War she should be honoured by her country as a woman who was one of the best.”

So far there are over 30,000 signatures in support of the petition

Here is the link to the petition

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group said;

“The bravery shown by men and women during the First World War came in many forms and the courage shown by Edith Cavell has inspired many generations since then. Edith Cavell is commemorated in Westminster by a prominent statue in St Martin’s Place and it would be fitting to add to this with her likeness on a new £2 coin so that her bravery and commitment to her duty as a nurse can be remembered more widely”

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