Edith Cavell was an accomplished woman, a talented artist, linguist and teacher; yet it was not until her father became ill that she discovered her true vocation....nursing.
Sadly it was this desire to save lives that led to her death, for while running a training school for nurses in Belgium during the Great war she was sentenced to death for aiding Allied soldiers to escape.
Yet she did not regret her impulse to help her fellow men.
'Patriotism is not enough. I have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone,' she said just before her execution.
If only that way of thinking was a little more widespread then we might, indeed, in ther words of the song...''heal the world.''