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Violette Szabo, GC, CdeG

Person  Female  Born 26/6/1921  Died 5/2/1945

Categories: Armed Forces, Execution

Countries: France

British secret agent in WW2. Born in Paris as Violette Bushell of a French mother and English father who met in WW1. Grew up and went to school in Stockwell Road. Met Etienne Szabo at the Bastille Day celebrations in London in 1940. They quickly married, had a child and then Etienne was killed at El Alamein in October 1942. This prompted Violette to join the SOE. On her second mission she was captured. This was followed by interrogation and torture. She was executed at Ravensbruck concentration camp on or about 5 February 1945, aged 23. Posthumously awarded the George Cross and the Croix de Guerre. The book and film of the same name 'Carve her name with pride' tell her story and we defy you to keep eyes dry when the poem 'The life that I have' is recited.
In Stockwell there is a blue plaque on her home in Burnley Road (not yet collected.)

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Violette Szabo, GC, CdeG

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Morley mosaics - KEW - Violette Szabo

Violette Szabo, born 1921. Violette was a member of the British secret milita...

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Szabo mural

Violette Szabo 1921 - 1945

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Szabo plaque

In memory of Violette Szabo GC and the Stockwell residents who gave their liv...

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Violette Szabo & SOE

Unveiled by the Duke.

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Women's Transport Service (FANY)

We like the bespoke layout of this plaque: the medals, the maiden-name, the "...

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