We are delighted that a blue plaque to commemorate Corps member Christine Granville OBE GM CdeG, born Krystyna Skarbek, has been unveiled in London today at the Lexham Gardens Hotel, Kensington.
Granville was one of the most effective Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents to serve during the Second World War. Born and brought up in Poland, she reached London after the Nazi invasion. She was the first female agent in the field, and operated in Poland, Hungary, Syria and Egypt. For her final mission, code name Pauline, she parachuted into Southern France on 6th July 1944 to join Francis Cammaerts’ Jockey circuit which was organizing extensive supply drops to support the planned Allied invasion. After he and two fellow SOE agents were captured, Granville singlehandedly rescued them from execution. She was killed by an obsessed admirer in the lobby of the Shelbourne Hotel, now the Lexham Gardens Hotel, where she was living at the time.