Odette Churchill / Sansom / Hallowes - new memorial

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by CommanderChuff, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. CommanderChuff

    CommanderChuff Senior Member

    Odette Hallowes has been honoured in the naming of a new train for the Great Western Railway. On the 6th of March HRH the Princess Royal named the train in Paddington station on the 75th Anniversary to mark the end of the Second World War.

    GWR set No. 800314 was named in the presence of Marianne Bates, her daughter, on International Women's Day, and the train was crewed by an all female crew leaving at 11:32 for Bristol.

    From Wikipedia: Odette Sansom GC, MBE (1912 – 1995), also known as Odette Churchill and Odette Hallowes, code named Lise, was an agent for the United Kingdom's clandestine Special Operations Executive (SOE) in France during the Second World War. The purpose of SOE was to conduct espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers, especially Germany. SOE agents allied themselves with resistance groups and supplied them with weapons and equipment parachuted in from England. Sansom was the first woman to be awarded the George Cross by the United Kingdom and was awarded the Légion d'honneur by France.
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