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Edith Cavell and the Unknown Warrior Railway Carriage on the Severn Valley Railway

6th June 2018


6th June and 14th June 2018

The speakers for the Cavell Van lecture tour are: 

Dr Fiona Reid, Head of Arts and Humanities, Newman University

  • Remembrance

Dr Adrian Gregson

Archive Collections Manager, Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service

Author "From Docks and Sand" Kings Liverpool Regt 1914-18

  • Edith Cavell, the Unknown Warrior and the Severn Valley Pioneers

Louise Price

George Marshall Medical Museum

  • WW1 medical history: stories and engagement

Sarah Ganderton

Masters student at University of Birmingham Centre for West Midlands Studies

  • Mental health research supported by The Infirmary and the George Marshall Medical Museum

Join us for a unique opportunity to see the carriage that brought Edith Cavell and later the Unknown Warrior back to England after the First World War.

The Nurse Cavell van is a historically important prototype luggage van that entered service in 1919. A a few weeks after its completion, No. 132 was used to convey the body of Nurse Edith Cavell on its return from Belgium.

Nurse Cavell is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She and Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.

She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.

The Cavell Van usually resides in the siding at the rear of Bodiam Station platform and is on loan from the Kent & East Sussex Railway, who have kindly provided the text above.

Experience a ride on a steam train, a tour of the Cavell Van, a visit to Highley Engine House and Museum, talks on the First World War, and the Cavell legacy, and Q&A with experts in their field. 

Itinerary aboard the Severn Valley Railway

1015 Departs Kidderminster SVR Station

1042 arrive at Areley to see the Cavell Van including tea/coffee

1205 depart Areley

1213 arrive Highley

Tour of engine shed and museum

Lecture series The Story of Edith Cavell and the Unknown Warrior

Worcestershire's wounded in the First World War

The Worcestershire Regiment including the Severn Valley Pioneers

1517 depart Highley for return journey

1600 arrive Kidderminster Station

Cost per person: £25 (including buffet lunch) - £20 with concessions

Please book via the Worcestershire libraries events pages:

For more information about the Cavell Van, please follow this link:

For more information about Edith Cavell, please see the Edith Cavell Trust website