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Last Lap from Edith Cavell
‘Last lap from Nurse Cavell’Grace, Edith Cavell and Escaped PrisonersGrace Vulliamy therefore resigned from the Women’s Emergency Corps in March 1915 to focus on the work of the British Local Government Board in Holland. In October 1914, 15,000 British Marines were interned at Groningen and a committee of Dutch people was formed in Amsterdam to provide comfort, recreation and occupation. The men of the Commission were asked to sign an undertaking not to help any prisoners escape but because she was a woman she was not asked to sign, an indication of gender inequality which played into her hands. Some of the interned men were able to escape and get to Flushing over 200 miles away, as did some who’d escaped from Brussels thanks to Edith Cavell. Cavell saved 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. On 5 August 1915 Nurse Cavell 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 12 October. Grace Vulliamy was the last link in the escape chain. She was warned in advance that the men were coming. But there was the problem of how to get them to England without prejudicing Holland’s neutrality. Vulliamy ingeniously managed to smuggle them on board ship, disguising them with the simple use of a well-known bowler hat thought to be on the head of an unimpeachable English gentleman! Two of the escaped prisoners Vulliamy smuggled on board with one of the officials sitting in between them
Chapter 1: Introduction and Who was Grace Vulliamy and what kind of person was she?Chapter 2. Her war work – Women’s Emergency Corps.Chapter 4. Helping the Quakers help Refugees Chapter 5. Civilian Prisoner ExchangeChapter 6. Military Prisoner ExchangeChapter 7. Post-war WorkChapter 8. ConclusionHome Page