Sheffield councillor’s call for heroine’s coin tribute

WW1 nursing heroine Edith Cavell
WW1 nursing heroine Edith Cavell

A Sheffield councillor is leading a campaign to mark the memory of a First World War heroine.

Coun Sioned-Mair Richards, who represents Shiregreen and Brightside, is garnering support to have nurse Edith Cavell’s face included on a new commemorative coin.

Edith is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She was executed for her work by a German firing squad in 1915.

As the Treasury prepares to issue a new £2 coin featuring Field Marshall Lord Kitchener to commemorate this year’s centenary of the Great War, Coun Mair-Richards, aged 55, has launched a petition to ask for Edith to feature on it.

She said: “The Lord Kitchener represents all that I have always loathed about the First World War – the jingoism, the sheer waste of men, the ‘lions led by donkeys’ mentality.

“And then I thought of Edith Cavell, a heroine of my early childhood.

“In the year in which we commemorate the First World War she should be honoured by her country as a woman who was one of the best.”

The petition is available online – – and has 30,000 signatures.