"Patriotism is not enough". Edith Cavell 1865-1915. Executed by German firing squad, October 12th 1915. During the summer of 1897, Edith Cavell tended typhoid victims in the Maidstone typhoid epidemic. Out of 1,700 who contracted the disease only 132 died. For her service to the community she was awarded the Maidstone typhoid medal. "I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone".