20 May 2015
Winston Churchill had been a journalist during the Boer War - taken prisoner he escaped, returning to England with an admiration for subversive movements which was to resurface after the evacuation from Dunkirk, when the German invasion of Great Britain was imminent.
Churchill realised he needed to place agents in foreign countries to conduct espionage and sabotage operations, his brainchild was known as the Special Operations Executive (SOE), under the leadership of Brigadier Colin Gubbins. Our May speaker Gillian Halcrow, daughter of SOE operative Col Ernest van Maurik, joined us to describe the most recognised missions of the SOE, introducing us to some of the bravest men and women who would stand against Hitler; many would die for their cause.
Gillian donates her speaker fee to the Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust.
Lt Dalzell lost his life on 18th February 2010, his 27th birthday as a result of an IED explosion in Babaji, Afghanistan whilst commanding 2 Platoon in 1 Company, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. His Memorial Trust supports active and retired service personnel and their families.
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