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Odette Marie Céline Hallowes (née Brailly)

(1912-1995), Special Operations Officer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Second World War special operations officer. Hallowes joined the Special Operations Executive in 1942 and was sent to occupied France, where she acted as a courier for the Résistance. In April 1943, she was arrested. Hallowes remained silent under interrogation by the Gestapo and was sentenced to death. She was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp but survived and gave evidence against the camp staff at the Nuremburg trials. In 1945, she was made MBE and was awarded the George Cross in 1946, the first woman to receive this offer.

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Odette Marie Céline Hallowes (née Brailly), by Pietro Annigoni - NPG 6932

Odette Marie Céline Hallowes (née Brailly)

by Pietro Annigoni
ink and tempera on thick paper prepared with gesso, 1961
NPG 6932


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