F(rench) Section, Special Operations Executive Seat

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Reference WMO/259930


National Memorial Arboretum

Riverside Zone

Croxall Road



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Seat
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Within the Allied Special Forces Association Grove, located near the River Tame at the eastern edge of the Arboreturm. A hexagram-shaped backless wooden seat which is contrasted around a young tree. The tree is planted within a small hexagonal bed edged with a stone border. The memorial is located in Garden 1 - the Special Operations garden - within the Allied Special Forces Association Grove (WMR 61527). Metal plaques with inscriptions are screwed into each segment of the seat. Each plaque has the regimental insignia and name of a female member of the "F" (French) Section of the Special Operations Executive - such as Violette Szabo and Noor Inayat Khan - all of whom were captured, tortured and killed, or died in captivity, in Occupied Europe or Germany. There is an additional plaque for Squadron Leader and Intelligence Officer of "F" Section Vera Atkins (1908-2000). A further plaque commemorates Annette Colton (1962-2011) who was instrumental in the design of the Allied Special Forces Grove. The pointed edges of each section of the seat are encased in metal. More photos on IWM register 77360
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