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  1. Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, AC, GM (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011), also known as Madame Fiocca and Nancy Fiocca, was a nurse and journalist who joined the French Resistance and later the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II, and briefly pursued a post-war career as an intelligence officer in the Air Ministry. The official historian of the SOE, M. R. D. Foot, said that "her irrepressible, infectious, high spirits were a joy to everyone who worked with her".[1] Many stories about her World War II activities come from her autobiography, The White Mouse, and are not verifiable from other sources. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Wake grew up in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. By the 1930s, Wake was living in Marseille with her French industrialist husband, Henri Fiocca, when the war broke out. After the fall of France to Nazi Germany in 1940, Wake became a courier for the Pat O'Leary escape network led by Ian Garrow and, later, Albert Guérisse. As a member of the escape network, she helped Allied airmen evade capture by the Germans and escape to neutral Spain. In 1943, when the Germans became aware of her, she escaped to Spain and continued on to the United Kingdom. Her husband was captured and executed.[2] After reaching Britain, Wake joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) under the code name "Hélène". On 29–30 April 1944 as a member of a three-person SOE team code-named "Freelance", Wake parachuted into the Allier department of occupied France to liaise between the SOE and several Maquis groups in the Auvergne region, which were loosely overseen by Émile Coulaudon (code name "Gaspard").[3] She participated in a battle between the Maquis and a large German force in June 1944. In the aftermath of the battle, a defeat for the Maquis, she claimed to have bicycled 500 kilometers to send a situation report to SOE in London.[4][2][5][6] Wake was a recipient of the George Medal from the United Kingdom (17 July 1945), the Medal of Freedom from the United States (1947), the Légion d'honneur from France (1970: Knight; 1988: Officer), a Companion of the Order of Australia from Australia (22 February 2004), and the Badge in Gold from New Zealand (2006).[7][8
  2. Photograph taken on the 27th of September 1916, during WW1, is of convalescent members of the AIF (Australian Imperial Force), in formation with their kangaroo mascot.The kangaroo may possibly be Jimmy, the mascot of the No.1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital based at Harefield, England, in the UK.Lest We Forget.
  3. And I thought this thread was gonna' be about Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test But yes NEVER eat food from a kid EVER !!!!!!
  4. Foreign Language 101 DON'T DROP THE SOAP IN THE SHOWER
  5. Someone has been able to do some research and this is some of the incredible information that they have been able to uncover just from that simple note. The message found inside the burner of this Weeden steam engine is signed ‘a n scerbo’, Alfred Nicholas Scerbo, Frank Scerbo’s younger brother. Frank and Alfred were born in Brooklyn, New York. Frank was born on the 16 April 1914 but sadly died of Tuberculosis on 2nd November 1930 at St Anthony's Tuberculosis Hospital, Queens, NY. He was buried on the 5th November at the Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY. Alfred was born on 16thJanuary 1948 their daughter Ann was born, in June 1956 they had Rosemarie. Alfred died on the 13th July 1918. On the 1st June 1946 he married Ida Bruno, they had at least 2 children; on 11th June 2008 aged89, and Ida passed away 30th June 2009 aged 87. They are both buried at the Calverton Cemetery, Long Island. From 1935 until at least 1950 Alfred was employed as a Clerk at the American Chicle Co. chewing gum company. Due to mounting international unrest, in 1940 the Selective Training and Service Act required all males aged between 21-36 to register on October 16, 1940, to serve in what would ultimately be WWII, which the US joined in December 1941. Alfred served with the 38th CATD (Coast Artillery Transport Detachment), who were responsible for manning the guns onboard transport ships travelling between NY and the UK. He is recorded as a private soldier travelling on the Mauritania in 1944 and again on the Queen Mary in 1945, by this time he is a sergeant. Both ships were destined for Gourock in Scotland. As a result of the D Day landings in July 1944, there were many wounded soldiers onboard for both return journeys to NY. Frank and Alfred lived at 101 Eagle Street, Brooklyn with their parents Albert and Rose, who emigrated to the USA from Italy. Albert was 20 when he arrived in New York on the 24th November 1909, immediately changing his name from Umberto to Albert, to reflect the start of his new life in America. Rose emigrated to the US with her family 10 years earlier in 1899. In 1915 Albert was a labourer in a factory, in 1920 he was foreman in a can factory, by 1940 he was making shoes in a department store and in 1950 he had his own shoe repair store. Albert applied for US citizenship on 23rd July 1923 but was denied. He tried again on August 15 th 1927 and it was finally granted on 17th September 1930, 21 years after arriving in the USA. Following on from Alfred and Ida’s 2 daughters; I believe Rosemarie is unmarried and is/was a teacher, still living in Brooklyn. Ann married John Selva in 1971 and had 3 children; Johnathan, Shirley and Andrew born in 1975, 1976 and 1978 respectively. 101 Eagle Street Brooklyn
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