|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1903, Ireland|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1983, England|
Mary Katherine Herbert- at the outbreak of the Second World War worked at the British Embassy in Warsaw and later as a civilian translator at the Air Ministry in London. Later she joined the WAAF and in 1942 Herbert joined the French Section of the Special Operations Executive.
During her training it was thought by a number of her trainers that she was too fragile for resistance work.Herbert was tall and slim, well educated and very religious and had a degree in Art. This criticism was overlooked and she was sent to France after training.
Herbert arrived in Bordeaux to act as a courier for the scientist circuit she did travel by bicycle and train liasing with different groups within the scientist circuit. She was also required to seek out safe houses and find potential recruits for the network and arrange parachute drops for supplies.
Here in France she met fellow S.O.E. Agent Claude de Baissac, by whom she had a child who was born in a private nursing home in La Valence.
On the 18th February 1944 Herbert was arrested by the Gestapo in Poitiers. She was then separated from her child who was looked after by French Social Services. Herbert was brutally interrogated but she stuck to her cover story and was sent to Prison- after 2 months she was released and she was able to be re-united with her daughter and they hid in a farm house near Poitiers untill the end of the war.
Mary Katherine Herbert and Claude de Baissac were married after the war, but never lived together.
Herbert suffered from depression but worked as a translator and gave private French Language Lessons.
On the 23rd January 1983 - Mary Katherine de Baissac committed suicide.
Her Brave Commitment To the Special Operations Executive is Remembered On This Memorial.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes given to family.
Created by: Paul Monaghan
Record added: Mar 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66998795