Death of Nancy 'White Mouse' Wake

The Australian secret agent known as the 'White Mouse', and once the Gestapo's most wanted person, died August 7th 2011, aged 98.

Kathryn Hadley | Published in 08 Aug 2011

Nancy Wake was Australia’s most decorated servicewoman. She worked for the French Resistance and the British Special Operations Executive and was nicknamed ‘white mouse’ by the Gestapo because she was so elusive. She died in London yesterday, August 7th, 2011, aged 98.

Born in New Zealand in 1912, Nancy Wake’s family then moved to Australia and settled in Sydney. She worked for a period as a nurse, but travelled to Europe when she was in her twenties and trained herself as a journalist. Living and working in France, Wake married the wealthy French businessman Henri Fiocca, in 1939.

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