24th June 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: Cecile Pearl Witherington (later Corniole), Alias “Agent Wrestler” – British spy, codename “Marie” who parachuted (back) into France in September 1943. Recommended for a military cross after the war, but ineligible on the grounds of her gender. Offered the (civil) MBE medal, she refused it, with the comment: “there was nothing remotely ‘civil’ about what I did.” [Wikipedia].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Witherington

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Code-Name-Pauline-Memoirs-Special-ebook/dp/B00DQ75NQA/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402417842&sr=1-2&keywords=pauline

Women’s suffrage: In Nottingham, in England’s Midlands, the King and Queen are visiting the local lace market as part of a three day tour.  Suffragette Irene/ Eileen Casey, already wanted by the police, is arrested nearby in possession of explosives, fusewire, detonators and a map showing the main area of the Royal visit.

http://womenshistorynetwork.org/blog/?p=2591

 

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