4th July 2021

Belgian SOE Agent’s Name Corrected 

on the Memorial.

Belgian SOE Agent’s name corrected on the

memorial to the missing 1939-45, Brookwood Military Cemetery after 63 years – all thanks to the SWW2LN.

Belgian Defence Attaché, Captain (N) Renaud Flamant visited Brookwood on Sunday, 4th July 2021. He was taking part in the monthly Last Post ceremony in which he highlighted the death in service of Sergeant René Michaux...

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Author: Paul McCue

Perseverance has at long last paid off for SWW2LN Friend, Barbara Cronk, a member of the Rolfe family.

 

Barbara had long wanted a plaque on the Paris house where Lilian had been born. Not only did she persuade the Paris city authorities that there ought to be one, but she impressed them enough with Lilian's story that they decided to obtain all necessary permissions and fund it themselves. 

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Author: Paul McCue

Keeping a social distance and in a relevant outdoor bubble, Paul McCue, Eddie Jones and Tony McCallum of The SWW2LN welcomed the Chief of Staff, the Regimental Sergeant-Major and another Warrant Officer of the Intelligence Corps, while Colonel (retired) Nick Fox wore his two hats of Deputy Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps and Friend of The SWW2LN.

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Author: Paul McCue

Just as we had started events again, the Covid regulations changed from 9th September 2020. Fortunately, we were still able to stage our annual commemoration at Brookwood Military Cemetery (Memorial to the Missing 1939-45) on Sunday, 6th September for Jewish agents of SOE.

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Author: Paul McCue

6th May 2021

Valençay Annual Commemoration

Brookwood Military Cemetery 

‘Replacement’ Ceremony

For the second year running, the annual ceremony at the F Section Memorial at Valençay in central France had to be cancelled, as a public event, due to the pandemic.

 

We at The SWW2LN were nevertheless aware that there were a number of UK-based relatives of agents waiting to attend a Valençay ceremony for the first time...

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Author: Paul McCue

December 2020

Award of Legion D’Honneur to 

Squadron Leader (RET) Stanley 

Booker MBE

WWII veteran Stanley, the 98-year-old father of Friend of The SWW2LN, Pat Vinycomb, has two ‘secret war’ connections of a) being taken into the famous Comète escape line ofMI9 after his Halifax was shot down over France in 1944 and b)later being imprisoned in the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany...                                         

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Author: Paul McCue

On Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020, a wreath was placed during the RBL ceremony in Liss, Hampshire, commemorating the trainee agents who passed through STS 3,Stodham Park, in the village 1941-1945.

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4th April 2021

Our First, Small-Scale, Outdoors  Event of 2021

Easter Sunday, 4th April saw just six members (ref. ‘Rule of Six’ governmental guidelines) of The SWW2LN participate in a three-stage outdoors commemorative activity in Brookwood, Surrey.

 

First stop, in the Glades of Remembrance (Pine Glade) of the civilian cemetery, was at the ashes graves of...

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Author: Paul McCue

December 2020

The SWW2LN Appoints Two 

Honorary Life Friends

Within the ranks of SWW2LN supporters, we have been honoured to number three ‘secret war’ veterans. One, Dr. Steve Weiss, who served with the OSS in occupied France during WW2, is sadly no longer with us and we await, post-Covid restrictions, his memorial service.

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Author: Paul McCue

September 2020

Atlantic Wall Walks and Talks

Despite the new regulations, we adapted to the ‘maximum of six’ and managed to squeeze in three small-scale talks/walks in late September 2020 about the French Resistance’s involvement in attacking the  Atlantikwall, recreated in 1943 on Hankley Common in south-west Surrey.

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Author: Paul McCue