Edith Cavell

Dear Sir

The execution of Edith Cavell made a profound impression on the then Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith(“ Wartime heroine Edith Cavell is honoured with £5 coin”, July 5). “She has taught the bravest man amongst us a supreme lesson of courage”, he said in 1915,” and in this United Kingdom and throughout the Dominions of the Crown there are thousands of such women, but a year ago we did not know it”. Overnight this hitherto unyielding opponent of votes for women, who had been physically attacked by Mrs Pankhurst’s suffragettes, was converted to the cause.

Yours faithfully
Lord Lexden
House of Lords