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Vera May Atkins (1908–2000) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Atkins [formerly Rosenberg], Vera May (1908–2000), intelligence officer, was born in Galatz, Romania, on 15 June 1908, the only daughter and second of the three children of Max Rosenberg (d. 1932), businessman, and his wife, Hilda, née Atkins (d. 1945)...

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Bagot, Milicent Jessie Eleanor (1907–2006), intelligence officer, was born on 28 March 1907 at 68 York Mansions, Battersea, London, the younger daughter and second of three children of Cecil Villiers Bagot (1865–1940), a London solicitor, and his wife, Ethel (d. 1944), younger daughter of ...

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Elwell [née Glass], Ann Catherine (1922–1996), intelligence officer and diplomat, was born on 16 June 1922 at 12 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater, London, the only child of Robert Lionel Glass, a general practitioner and former surgeon-lieutenant in the Royal Navy, of 106 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater...

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Ann Catherine Elwell (1922–1996) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1917 at 18 Marlborough Place, St John's Wood, London, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Frame (Tom) Jackson (1886–1934), manager of the Atlas Light and Power Company...

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La Fontaine, Hilary Dawn (1937–2012), intelligence officer, was born on 19 October 1937 in Nyeri, Kenya, the third child of Sydney Hubert La Fontaine (1885–1964), army officer and colonial civil servant, and his wife, Honor Kathleen Milton, née Stewart (1907–1979). Her father fought in both world wars, in ...

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Matheson, Hilda (1888–1940), intelligence officer and director of radio talks, was born on 7 June 1888 at 13 Dealtry Road, Putney, the elder of two children of Donald Matheson, Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Margaret Orr. Since both parents were Scottish the family spent most of their summer holidays in the Scottish highlands where ...

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Nearne, Eileen Marie [Didi] (1921–2010), special operations officer, was born on 15 March 1921 at 406 Fulham Road, south Fulham, London, the younger daughter and youngest of four children of John Francis Nearne, a chemist's dispenser of English birth, and his wife, Mariquita, ...

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Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth (1921–2010) by unknown photographer Somerville College, University of Oxford (2014)

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Park, Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée, Baroness Park of Monmouth (1921–2010), intelligence officer and college head, was born on 1 September 1921 at Mayfield, Vale Road, Claygate, Surrey, the first child of John Alexander Park (1876–1952) and his wife, Doreen Gynneth, née Cresswell-George (1899–1982)...

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See Rothschild, (Nathaniel Mayer) Victor, third Baron Rothschild

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Villameur, Lise Marie de Baissac [née Lise Marie de Boucherville Baissac] (1905–2004), special operations officer and member of the FANY, was born on 11 May 1905 in Curepipe, Mauritius, the middle child and only daughter of Marie-Louis Marc de Boucherville Baissac and his wife, ...

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Wake, Nancy Grace Augusta (1912–2011), special operations officer, was born at Roseneath, Wellington, New Zealand, on 30 August 1912, the youngest of six children of Charles Augustus Wake (1870–1938), an English newspaperman and sometime film-maker, and his wife, Ella, née Rosieur (1874–1968), of ...

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Witherington [married name Cornioley], (Cecile) Pearl (1914–2008), special operations officer, was born in Paris on 24 June 1914, the eldest of the four daughters of Wallace Seckham Witherington (1879–1932), the last surviving male member of an old Northumbrian fighting family, and his wife, ...

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(Cecile) Pearl Witherington (1914–2008) by unknown photographer, c. 1943–4 © The National Archives / Heritage Images