RIP Nancy Wake

Nancy Wake has died. She was born in Roseneath, Wellington in 1912 and gave up a life in France of pleasure and privilege to fight the Nazis. She became the Gestapo’s most wanted person, and was known as the White Mouse.

I could go on for pages about her, but I won’t. I do suggest people read the captivating biography of her which was published some years ago. I’ve blogged on Nancy Wake previously, and am saddened that she has now died without an official New Zealand honour.

She will be mourned amongst all the allied nations of WWII. Her honours include:

  • George Medal
  • Companion of the Order of Australia
  • US Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm
  • Légion d’honneur (the highest French decoration)
  • Croix de guerre
  • NZ RSA Gold Medal

I hope the NZ Government ensures New Zealand is represented at her funeral.

May her memory go to inspire generations that one woman can make a difference.

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