A new memorial stone is to be dedicated in Inverness, marking the centenary of the death of the wartime heroine.
When the Great War broke out in 1914, Norwich-born nurse Edith Cavell formed a Red Cross hospital in Brussels and over the next year, she helped refugees and nursed wounded German troops as well as British, French and Belgian soldiers.
Ms Cavell also is credited with helping hundreds of Allied soldiers escape wartorn Europe during World War I – an exploit for which he was executed by the Germans in October 1915.
Her bravery is memorialised across the country, including Inverness, where the city’s war memorial and gardens has borne her name since 1922.
Now Highland Council is to mark the centenary of her death with a new memorial at the site on Monday.
City provost, Councillor Helen Carmichael will unveil the new stone, which will describe her wartime actions.
The memorial will also include an inscription of her final words: “This I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realise that patriotism is not enough I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”
Mrs Carmichael said: “I would like to thank the Inverness Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland for all their work and endeavours to mark the 100th anniversary of Nurse Edith Cavell’s death.
“She was truly an amazing and selfless individual.
“Our predecessors clearly thought this by naming the Cavell Gardens War Memorial after her.”
Funding has come from Inverness Common Good Fund and the Royal British Legion Scotland.
Joe Davidson, chairman Royal British Legion Scotland Inverness Branch said: “We are proud to assist The Highland Council with this venture to erect a new memorial to honour Edith Cavell – a lady who helped so many injured allied soldiers and the enemy alike. She showed great courage even in the face of death.
“She hid many French and Belgian civilians as well as soldiers and helped them with a safe passage to safety.
“She was urged to stop by her colleagues but refused, and was arrested on the August 4, 1915 and accused of treason. Her trial, it is said, lasted about four minutes and she was condemned to death. Her bravery and courage should be an inspiration to us all.”
Members of the public are welcome to attend the dedication and memorial service on Monday at 11am.