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D’Artois [née Butt], Sonia Esmée Florence [Toni] (1924–2014), Special Operations Executive agent, was born Sonia Juliet Esme Butt at Charnwood, Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on 14 May 1924, the third child and younger daughter of Leslie Acton Kingsford Butt...

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Gizycka, Countess Krystyna [née Countess Krystyna Skarbeka; alias Christine Granville] (1915–1952), special operations officer, was born on 1 May 1915, probably at Mlodziesyn, some 30 miles from Warsaw, Poland. Her father, Count Jerzy Skarbek, had married in 1899 Stephanie Goldfeder, daughter of a Jewish banker, and they already had a son. The estate was soon overrun by the German army, and her infancy was spent under German occupation. In 1920 the family moved to another estate, at ...

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Hallowes [née Brailly], Odette Marie Céline (1912–1995), special operations officer and member of the FANY, was born on 28 April 1912 in Amiens, northern France, the only daughter in the family of three children of Gaston Brailly (c.1880–1918), banker, and his wife, ...

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Odette Marie Céline Hallowes (1912–1995) by unknown photographer The Imperial War Museum, 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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Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan (1914–1944) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Khan, Noor-un-Nisa Inayat (1914–1944), special operations officer, was born on 2 January 1914 in Moscow, the eldest of four children of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927), a Sufi religious teacher and musician, and his wife, Ora Ray Baker (1890–1949). Her father was descended from the last Mughal ...

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Jacqueline Françoise Mary Nearne (1916–1982) by unknown photographer, 1946 Keystone/Stringer

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Violette Reine Elizabeth Szabo (1921–1945) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Szabo [née Bushell], Violette Reine Elizabeth (1921–1945), special operations officer, was born in Paris on 26 June 1921, the second child and only daughter in the family of five children of Charles George Bushell, a regular soldier, and his wife, Reine Blanche Leroy...

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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 ...