Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will visit the
commemorative 'pylon' dedicated to the life of Nancy Wake
and lay flowers there about 2.35pm this afternoon.
pylon is in Oriental Bay, opposite the bottom of Grass
Mayor Wade-Brown says the gesture will mark the
"extraordinary life" of Wellington born Nancy Wake - who has
died in London, aged 98.
She was the Allies' most
decorated servicewoman, collecting bravery awards from
France, England, Australia and the United States.
who was born in Roseneath, was living in France when Nazi
She joined the French Resistance and was
smuggled to England for specialist training.
In 1944 she
was parachuted back into France, where she coordinated the
efforts of thousands of fighters and fought alongside them.
Wake - codenamed the "The White Mouse" because of her
ability to elude capture - was at one point No1 on the
Gestapo's most-wanted list, with an offer of five million
francs for anyone who dobbed her in or killed her.
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