Remembrance Sunday

Cllr David Amos, together with Cllr Ben Kind (Bishop's ward), laid wreaths on behalf of Lambeth residents at the Special Operations Executive (SOE) memorial near Lambeth Palace on Remembrance Sunday.

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The SEO was secretly formed for the purpose of recruiting agents, men and women of many nationalities, who would volunteer to continue the fight for freedom, by performing acts of sabotage in countries occupied by the enemy during the Second World War.

The memorial is in honour of all SOE agents, including Lambeth resident Violette Szabo, who grew up on Burnley Road and was recruited into the SEO at the age of 20. On her second mission to France, she was captured, tortured and sent to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, where she was executed. She was just 23 and was posthumously awarded the George Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

Cllr David Amos said,

It was an opportunity to remember those who gave so much, within earshot of Big Ben, together with diplomatic attaches from Norway, Serbia and Holland, and army and airforce cadets. Thanks to Harriet and Ivan for organising such a special event.

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