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  • Jeanne Durocher

    An unsung Second World War heroine who saved more than 100 lives and survived a Nazi death squad. Andree Peel, who was known as Agent Rose, helped 102 British and American pilots escape from her native France. The resistance fighter was imprisoned in two concentration camps but was liberated and went on to settle in Long Ashton, Bristol, after the war. She died at the ripe old age of 105. Thank you, Ms. Peel.

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