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« on: November 03, 2016, 19:44:40 PM »


Just heard of a new initiative here

http://www.secret-ww2.net/brightons-secret-agents

There are a number of talks in Brighton starting on Friday 11th November

http://www.secret-ww2.net/events

Speakers include Paddy Ashdown  promoting his new book " Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazi "
on Thursday 17th November 2016  ....with the warning  "Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold."

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/meet-the-author-an-evening-with-paddy-ashdown/
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2016, 09:28:43 AM »

On 30th November 2016 a new book titled 'Brighton's Secret Agents: The Brighton & Hove Contribution to Britain's WW2 Special Operation's Executive (SOE)' by Paul McCue be on sale.

Part of the official promotion reads

"Paul McCue tells a main story of four Brighton and Hove-born agents honoured with blue plaques. He details the organisation's creation and post-war demise, its training methods and the missions of the four chief subjects. He also covers three other agents, a special duties RAF pilot and the inspiration for 'Q', the inspired 'boffin' of the James Bond books and films - all of whom had links with the city.Some enjoyed great success, others were doomed to failure and death, but all displayed the volunteer spirit and courage that saw Britain through the darkest days of the Second World War. Their stories, largely little known,deserve to be told."

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brightons-Secret-Agents-Contribution-Operations/dp/1910500755/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478063076&sr=1-4&keywords=paul+mccue

Have managed to get hold of a pre-publication copy. So far am very impressed.

There has been some positive local media coverage regarding the blue plaques for Brighton's Secret Agents of World War 2
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14910814.Blue_plaques_unveiled_to_Second_World_War_heroes/
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2016, 15:11:05 PM »

Over the past couple of weeks I have done quite a bit of walking in Hersham Burvale Cemetery - also called Walton and Weybridge Burvale Cemetery.

One of the graves, which I have not yet managed to find,  is that of Odette Sansom Hallowes, better known to WWII historians as "Odette" - one of the most famous and courageous 'British Intelligence Officers' of the Second World War.  I read a book about her some time ago and recall that there was a Brighton connection with/to her.

I will dig my book out and re-read it.  As soon as I find her grave and photograph it I will link it to this thread.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2016, 16:41:01 PM »

Good afternoon Noel, would welcome a photo of the grave of Odette Sansom Hallowes .

Don't know much about Odette but just been reading 'The Independent ' obituary here : What an incredible and brave individual she was.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-odette-hallowes-1611563.html


Found this blog  link to the 'Brighton Secret Agents' , particularly focusing on Jacqueline Nearne, who lived in the West Hill area of Brighton

https://westhillwhistler.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/west-hill-born-secret-agent-remembered/
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 15:17:55 PM »

Michael,

I was back in Surrey this morning and took the opportunity to go back to Burvale Cemetery, Hersham,  to find and photograph Odette's resting place.

The small flower display is affixed to the base of the gravestone so it isn't possible, without causing damage, to photograph the full inscription.  The inscription reads :

 YVONNE MARIE ROSE
          BRAILLEY
       1890 - 1960

  ODETTE MARIE CELINE
         HALLOWES
         Née Brailley
GC  MBE  Legion d'Honneur
         1912 - 1995

    GEOFFREY MACLEOD
         HALLOWES
        1918 - 2006
________________________________

As you said, above, she was an incredibly brave woman.  The link to the obituary that you included in your post does more justice to this Lady than I ever could - so I will leave it at that.... I'm just going to repeat it here :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-odette-hallowes-1611563.html

I'm afraid that I couldn't find my book that shows her connection to Brighton.

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