SOE Memorial in London

On the south bank of the river Thames, on Albert Embankment, on the opposite side of the road to Lambeth Palace is a memorial to the Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents.

The memorial consits of a bust of Violette Szabo on a stone plinth. The front panel contains the following text.

“The Special Operations Executives was secretly formed for the purpose of recruiting agents, men and women of many nationalities, who would volunteer to continue the fight for freedom, by performing acts of sabotage in countries occupied by the enemy during the Second World War. This monument is in honour of all courageous SOE agents: those who did survive and those who did not survive their perilous missions. Their services were beyond the call of duty. In the pages of history their names are carved with pride.”

Violette Szabo is one of four women to have been directly awarded the George Cross for gallantry. My article about the four women who have been awarded the George Cross can be found at

My article about agents awarded the George Cross can be found at