Violette Szabo, GC, CdeG
Person Female Born 26/6/1921 Died 5/2/1945
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.)