Francis Cammaerts

Francis Cammaerts

Birth
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Death 3 Jul 2006 (aged 90)
Dio-et-Valquieres, Departement de l'Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Ashes given to family.
Memorial ID 66567905 · View Source
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Francis Charles Albert Cammaerts was an outstanding Officer of the French Section of the Special Operations Executive. Cammaerts was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School, he became a pacifist whilst at Cambridge in the 1930's.
He changed his mind about being a pacifist, when he realised something had to be done to protect our country and the British people.
Cammaerts joined the French Section of S.O.E in October 1942 and was given the rank of Captain. After training he flew to France in March 1943.
Cammaerts a very intelligent and careful man was very conscious about security, he set up his own network called..'jockey'-he never stayed in the same address for mare than 2 days, and travelled around on a motorbike. He instructed all agents in the jockey network to have a valid reason to be where they were at..at anytime if stopped and questioned by a German Patrole.
Cammaerts network jockey was ready and in position to undertake operational tasks to assist in the D-Day Landings which everyone knew at this time were due to take place.
Cammaerts and a colleague Fielding were arrested by the Gestapo whilst in Digne - the Gestapo did not realise who Cammaerts was.
Christine Granville who at this time was attached to the jockey network arranged for the release of Cammaerts and Fielding by informing Gestapo Agent Albert Schenck the American Divisions would be arriving anytime and it would be useless to keep such prisoners - Cammaerts and Fielding were released.
After the war - Cammaerts returned to teaching, he was awarded the D.S.O and the Legion d'honnour.

Francis Cammaerts did write the Foreword to the book by Madeleine Masson...Christine: A Search For Christine Granville.

Books : A Pacifist At War. By Ray Jenkins.


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  • Created by: Paul Monaghan
  • Added: 6 Mar 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 66567905
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Cammaerts (16 Jun 1916–3 Jul 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66567905, ; Maintained by Paul Monaghan (contributor 47155457) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Ashes given to family..