Je cherche des infos pour le compte d'historiens en Angleterre sur la dernière adresse connue de cette résistante (chef et seconde de MARKSMAN .... SOE JURA 1943)
Les infos déjà trouvées sont qu'elle a été arrêtée et emprisonnée en France en Mars 44 puis déportée en 44.
Après guerre elle habitait ici à Saint-Malo (ou région de St Malo) jusqu'à sa mort entre 1981 et 1983 (semble qu'il y ait pas d'infos exacte sur la date de décès)
Je cherche: Avis de décès ou évidence de tombe (stèle) ou autres infos pour compléter son histoire car il semble que son nom n'apparaisse nulle part sur les mémoriaux de la résistance, SOE etc
Elizabeth Devereux Rochester (20 December 1917, date of death between 1981-1983 in St. Malo, France) was a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry who served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II and worked as a courier for the French Section.
The daughter of American parents, Babe Gunning and Richmond Rochester, Devereaux Rochester was educated by an English governess and at Roedean School in England. Her parents divorced and her mother married Myron Reynolds. Devereaux went by the name Rochester pre-dominantly, but seems to have also used Reynolds.
In the 1930s, she was living in Paris with her mother; when the Germans invaded France. She successfully worked as a driver for the French Red Cross until her cover was compromised. She escaped with a group leading several Jews into Switzerland. She became one of the leaders of the group and was later asked to return to France and work with the French Resistance. She led several downed pilots across the border to Switzerland until that route had to be closed. For this group she developed a new escape route across the Pyrénées.
Special Operations Executive
She joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in early 1943. Following training, she landed in a Hudson aircraft on 18 October 1943 in France with Richard Heslop (organiser of the Marksman circuit, codename "Xavier", a male radio operator and a RF agent).
In Spring 1944 she was recalled by SOE to England, as she was deemed "too conspicuous". She left the Marksman circuit, but didn't return to England and instead went to Paris to see her mother. She was arrested on 20 March 1944 in Paris. She was released from the French gaol and eventually put in a Prison of War camp where she stayed until liberation.
Following the war she lived in France until her death. She was never married.
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