Who was Violette Szabo? Stockwell history

Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell (26 June 1921 - 5 February 1945) was a British Secret Agent during World War 2.

She dedicated her life to the French Resistance by joining the SOE (Special Operations Executive) at a young age. Her efforts during the war put her in the heart of the war and she did many of the things her male counterparts would do!

Violette’s missions would take her to Nazi-Occupied France where she would help rescue captured comrades, until she was captured by the Germans and executed in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp on the 5th February 1945.

She was the second woman to be awarded the George Cross for bravery. Her legacy is commemorated at her home in 18 Burnley Road, Stockwell, London SW9 0SJ, London Borough of Lambeth.


By Folayemi Olorunselu


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