BELGIUM de la Barre d'Erquelinnes, Marie Jose

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
de la Barre d'Erquelinnes

  • FORENAME
Marie Jose

  • UNIT
Resistance

  • RANK
Civilian

  • NUMBER

  • AWARD
Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Couronne avec palme,etc

  • PLACE
WW2

  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 30.4.1916 Cuckfield,Sussex,England
daughter of Comte Henri de la Barre d'Erquelinnes
returned to Belgium 1919
educated by nuns at a convent school in Brussels
Red Cross ambulance driver and mechanic,an improvised motor corps evacuating Belgian refugees 1938-40
Belgian resistance 1940-42
fled to London via Lisbon 1943
joined a Belgian emergency relief organisation 1943-45
American "Delta Base",Marseilles 1945 (receiving Jewish refugees)
demobilised August 1945
awards
Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Couronne avec palme (Belgium)
Croix de Guerre avec palme (Belgium)
Medaille de la Resistance (Belgium)
Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre 194-45 (Belgium)
Croix de Evades (Belgium)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Bronze Star (US)
Inner London Education Authority postwar (school care worker)
author of Granny Was a Spy (1988)
married Charles English Hyde Villiers 26.10.1946 Jurbise (2 daughters Diana and Anne) (see SOE Awards for her husband) (died 1992)
died 1.2.2015 Ascot,Berkshire,England (as Lady Villiers)



 
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