Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Resistance hero Nancy Wake dies

Australian spy and French resistance hero Nancy Wake has died in London at age 98 (AP)

Australian spy and French resistance hero Nancy Wake has died in London at age 98.

Ms Wake's work during the Second World War helped her to become one of the Allies' most decorated servicewomen and led the Gestapo to give her the codename The White Mouse.

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said Ms Wake had died a day earlier in a London nursing home.

France decorated her with its highest military honour, the Legion d'Honneur, as well as four other medals. The United States awarded her its Medal of Freedom and Britain, the George Medal.

Australia honoured her in 2004 by making her a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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