Belgium/ Great Britain, Edith Cavell & Marie Depage, Memorial medal 1915, bronze by A Bonnetain for Fonson & Cie, issued circa 1918
Obv: conjoined busts of Cavell and Depage left, Cavell in nurse’s headdress, their names around
Rev: 1915 REMEMBER! in two lines
Condition: Very fine; Diameter: 60mm
Reference: BHM 4115; E 1943
Notes: Edith Cavell (1865-1915), nurse. In 1905 was appointed first Matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels, which in 1914 became a Red Cross hospital, receiving Allied and German casualties. After the Allied withdrawal from Brussels the Germans allowed it to continue. However some allied troops cut off during the retreat sought Cavell’s help to escape. The Germans became suspicious and put her on trial on 7th October 1915. She didn’t deny the charges and was executed by firing squad on 12th October 1915. Marie Depage was the wife of the hospital’s founder. She was returning across the Atlantic from America having raised funds for the Belgian Red Cross, when she was a fatality of the sinking of the Lusitania on 5th May 1915. This medal is a Belgian issue struck circa 1919.