SOE Nelson, Sir Frank

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Nelson
  • FORENAME
Sir Frank
  • UNIT
Executive Chief of SOE (C)
  • RANK
Civilian
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • PLACE
1941
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 5.8.1883 Bentham,Gloucestershire
son of Henry Ellis Hay and Catherine (nee Haviland) Nelson
educated Bedford Grammar School
educated Neuenheim College,Heidelberg
employed,Symons,Barlow and Co (mercantile firm),Bombay,India (later senior partner)
Bombay Light Horse 1914-18
Chairman of Bombay Chamber of Commerce 1922-24
Knighted 1924
Conservative MP for Stroud 1924-31
SIS (Consul,Basle) (Z Network) 1939
Head of SO2,SOE August 1940
Executive Chief (C) SOE August 1941-May 1942 (resigned due ill health)
Air Intelligence Branch,Washington,D.C. + Germany 1942-45 (Air Commodore)
married Jean Montgomerie 1911 (died 1952) (1 son)
married Dorothy Moira Carling 1950s (survived him)
died 11.8.1966 Oxford
IMAGES:
 
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Canadians Behind Enemy Lines, 1939-1945
Secret War Heroes: The Men of Special Operations Executive
SOE CD1 - The Life and Times of Sir Frank Nelson
Secret War in Italy
A Talent For Adventure
Agent Michael Trotobas and SOE in Northern France
Bravest of the Brave: True Story of Wing Commander Tommy Yeo-Thomas - SOE Secret Agent Codename, the White Rabbit
Mission 101: The Untold Story of the SOE and the Second World War in Ethiopia
Gentleman Spy: The Extraordinary Story of SOE Agent Robert De La Rochefoucauld
Moondrop to Gascony
Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete
Accidental Agent: Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance

SPIKE

New Member
  • SURNAME
Nelson
  • FORENAME
Sir Frank
  • UNIT
Executive Chief of SOE (C)
  • RANK
Civilian
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • PLACE
1941
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 5.8.1883 Bentham,Gloucestershire
son of Henry Ellis Hay and Catherine (nee Haviland) Nelson
educated Bedford Grammar School
educated Neuenheim College,Heidelberg
employed,Symons,Barlow and Co (mercantile firm),Bombay,India (later senior partner)
Bombay Light Horse 1914-18
Chairman of Bombay Chamber of Commerce 1922-24
Knighted 1924
Conservative MP for Stroud 1924-31
SIS (Consul,Basle) (Z Network) 1939
Head of SO2,SOE August 1940
Executive Chief (C) SOE August 1941-May 1942 (resigned due ill health)
Air Intelligence Branch,Washington,D.C. + Germany 1942-45 (Air Commodore)
married Jean Montgomerie 1911 (died 1952) (1 son)
married Dorothy Moira Carling 1950s (survived him)
died 11.8.1966 Oxford
IMAGES:
The official biography of Sir Frank Nelson was published by Palmridge Publishing in 2018: Author Mike Palmer spent three years researching his book 'SOE CD1 - The Life and Times of Sir Frank Nelson', and has produced an excellent account of the man who created the Special Operations Executive. Mike's book uncovers many new facts relating to his subject and reveals many previously unpublished details of a complex character who lived his life to the full. During the research of his book, Mike interviewed Sir Frank's second wife Moira, and was able to complete this incredible biography of an important man forgotten in history.
New hard cover copies of SOE CD1 - The Life and Times of Sir Frank Nelson ISBN: 978-0-9534621-4-8 are available through ebay, whilst ebooks and paperbacks can be purchased through Amazon.
 
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