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Paul Monaghan (#47155457)
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Bio Photo I live in Cheshire in the North of England and I have compiled a number of biographies of Agents of the French Section of the Special Operations Executive,who were captured and executed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
If you have come to this site to compile details of your family tree and this does include members of the Special Operations Executive.
If you wish to know more about the work of S.O.E the book by M.R.D. Foot - The Special Operations Executive can be obtained from many libraries in any major town or any University.
If you are tracing your family tree and you have information passed down from family members, concerning a relative being an active member of a Maquis group - or linked to one of the S.O.E. networks. Please note unless your family member joined S.O.E. and was trained in England, records would exist,if not trained in England no-record would exist for this person. Many recruits joined an S.O.E. network and were trained in the field and did use an 'alias'- the work involved was very dangerous carrying messages and equipment to other groups.
When captured many of these brave young men and women gave the alias as their real name. After brutal interrogation by the Gestapo. Many were then executed and buried in nearby woods,in mass graves, some were transported to concentration camps and executed upon arrival,their bodies then placed in the crematorium furnace, and their ashes scattered with other concentration camp prisoners
Because of this procedure being enforced by the nazis-it is not possible to trace numerous people,who died at the hands of the Germans.
Many young men were also deported for forced labour in Germany and were worked to exhaustion, often in the underground factories.When they died were placed in a mass grave.
Many families in France never saw the young male members again, who were sent to Germany for forced labour..
PHOTOS ON MEMORIALS: By My Photo Editor Eileen Dwyer.
S.O.E.AGENTS:
Madeleine Barclay.
Andree Borrel
Anthony Brooks.
Maurice Buckmaster.
Muriel Byck.
Francis Cammerts.
Peter Churchill.
Yvonne Cormeau.
Madeleine Damerment.
Claude de Baissac.
Lise de Baissac.
Marcel Defence.
Granlund Sverre.
Mary Katherine Herbert.
Vera Leigh.
Jacqueline Nearne
Sonya Olschanezk.
Elaine Plewman.
Adolphe Rabinovitch.
Lilian Rolfe.
Diana Rowden.
Yvonne Rudellat.
Romeo Sabourin.
George Starr.
Brian Stonehouse.
Francis Suttill.
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DianaW
Alec Rabinovich
Hello,
Thank you so much for your memorial page of Alec Rabinovich. He was a relative of mine, and I was trying to track his whereabouts. Do you by any chance know anything about his family? Or any other details about him? Thanks so much.
Added by DianaW on Jun 27, 2014 10:41 AM
Herbeys neighbour
Re: Eileen Dwyer
So sad and shocked to hear about Eileen through this site. I am not surprised to read the dedications to her as she was very special. Sadly I lost contact with her but used to be her fellow neighbour 'Anglais' in Herbeys near Grenoble. I rescued her cat napoleon once and on approaching her house with him in my arms promptly fell down a manhole . I can still see the tears running down her face as she tried to stop laughing and tend to my wounds. it must have looked so funny when it happened. I know she was writing a book on her life and she said we would be in it and I wonder if she ever finished it. As you know doubt will agree she was a very deep kind person to all and had tribulations in her lifetime. So pleased to hear she was your photo editor another string to her bow. Regret I didn't get in touch with her earlier. I hope she had happiness.
Added by Herbeys neighbour on Apr 23, 2014 12:44 PM
purple-lady
* Happy Easter *
Hi Paul, stopping by for a quick "Hello" and to wish you a Blessed Easter. SMILES!
Ruth
Added by purple-lady on Apr 19, 2014 11:15 PM
Iain MacFarlaine
RE: Re: Christine Granville.
Dear Paul,

Thank you for telling me about this. It does look similar to Christine's grave, if you don't look at it too closely, doesn't it?

Because this lady is classified as "Famous" (and quite rightly so), I can't remove the photograph myself. I shall write to Neil and ask him to do so. If he doesn't, I shall have to write to the Administrators, but they haven't even bothered to reply to the last two letters I sent them, far less act on any of the matters raised therein, so this may take some time.

All the best,

Iain.
Added by Iain MacFarlaine on Mar 02, 2014 1:07 PM
Hilary Gallant
RE: Re : Eileen Dwyer.
Dear Paul, So sorry to here this sad news that Eileen has died, its times like this you dont know quite what to say...
And also for the delay,as I have just read your message now, due to my computer not working..
Thankyou so much for letting me know, and I shall say a prayer for Eileen...
Take Care Paul,

Best Wishes,

Hilary
Added by Hilary Gallant on Feb 08, 2014 10:04 AM
purple-lady
2013 Merry Christmas - 2014 Happy New Year *
Hello Paul, Sending "Happy Thoughts' your way and wish you well on Christmas Day. May your 2014 New Year be filled with Love, Laughter, Prosperity.


______________Merry Christmas
___________________Hello
__________________I Have
_________________Come Here
________________To Wish You
_______________Merry Christmas
______________And Also, A Happy
_____________New Year To You For
____________2014... I Hope The New
___________Year Brings You Loads Of
__________Happiness And Lots Of Fun.
_________I Hope You Have A Nice Day On
________Christmas Day, Filled With Lots Of
_______Angel Time.......And Of Course Eating
______Lots Of Nice Foods, And Candies. I Hope
_____That Santa Is Good To You As Well And He
___Brings You Loads Of Presents On Christmas Day
Added by purple-lady on Dec 19, 2013 1:22 PM
Astrid Defence
Marcel Defence, SOE agent
Hi Paul,

I am very new to this website, in fact only discovered it last night when doing a google search for my brother Marcel on behalf of my granddaughter who was required to write about somebody involved in WW2 for a classroom project.
I was totally amazed to read so much about Marcel. I was only a baby when he was already involved with the SOE so only got any info about him through my mother, long after 1945.
I am now particularly interested in reading the book you mentioned. Will try and find it here in Canada but this might not be that easy.
Only one comment to make at the moment and that is that there is contradictory info about Marcel in his memorial. At the beginning it claims that Marcel was born in London, which is correct, but then in the longer paragraph about him it claims he was born in Glasgow- obviously NOT correct. Can you possibly make the necessary change here.
You will also find info about Marcel in his old school's, St Aloysius, Glasgow, commemorative book on its alumni who died in WW2.
And one more thing, mentioned in another website, his name appears on a Memorial to soldiers of unknown graves at Greenwood Cemetery in the UK.
Thanks for giving me much food for thought this November 2013.
Astrid Defence
Hope to get a response from you.
granasdef@gmail.com
Added by Astrid Defence on Nov 10, 2013 12:50 PM
Em
RE: Tom Bell.
Paul, You are entirely correct about Tom Bell who, like so many other talented actors, probably compromised his potential success in film by his rowdy lifestyle, and his recalcitrant nature. Temperament and talent usually go hand in hand, although too much of one can spell disaster. Oliver Reed comes to mind, who seemed to consider himself a full time drinker and womanizer, and a now and then actor. It is a shame that Bell never achieved the success he seemed to deserve.

Thanks for your comment.

EM
Added by Em on Oct 05, 2013 3:52 PM
Amanda Michelle Aubrey
RE: Eliane Plewman.
It was only after I messaged you that I suddenly realised that!

Thanks so much,
Mandy
Added by Amanda Michelle Aubrey on Aug 17, 2013 12:28 AM
purple-lady
* For You *
"Merry Christmas"
Bless you & yours on this joyous Xmas season with peace, good health and an abundance of joy & laughter. May the 2013 New Year bring you all that you wish for.
Ruth
Added by purple-lady on Dec 22, 2012 7:37 PM
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