Eileen Nearne
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WWII spy heroine Eileen Nearne buried with honours

A woman who served as a British spy during World War II has been buried with full honours, after a lifetime of keeping her wartime service a secret.

Eileen Nearne, known as Agent Rose, worked as a wireless operator and was captured and tortured by the Nazis while behind enemy lines.

Ms Nearne, who died of a heart attack aged 89, was due to have a council funeral until her story in occupied France was revealed.

Louise Hubball reports.

  • 21 Sep 2010
  • From the section UK