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Marguerite Knight (1920 - 2004)

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Marguerite "Peggy" Knight
Born in Paris, Francemap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Aug 2017
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Marguerite Knight is Notable.

Marguerite, (best known as Peggie) was born 19 April, 1920 in Paris, France. She was the daughter of Capt. Alfred Rex Knight and Charlotte Beatrice Mary Ditkowski.

Before becoming a spy Peggie worked as a shorthand typist for the Asea Electric Company of Walthamstow, a district northeast of London, England. [1]

In the spring of 1944, leaders of the British intelligence organization, Special Operations Executive overheard Peggie Knight speaking French (nearly perfect) in a cafe and immediately recruited her into the (SOE) organization. she was sent behind enemy lines in Vichy France 11 April 1944, to establish herself as a secret British courier. Following the Allied invasion of France at Normandy of June and July 1944, Knight crossed back and forth between battle lines several times, carrying intelligence messages and information.Knight narrowly escaped capture and execution later in 1944 when she and a group of resistance fighters were betrayed by one of their number to the Nazis.[2]

For her wartime activity Peggy Knight was later awarded high British, French, and American honors, including appointment as a member of the The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the Croix de guerre, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom [pictured on right].

In December 1944, just a month after her return, Peggie married Sub-Lieutenant Eric Smith of the Royal Navy, who after the war resumed his peacetime job as a River Lea police inspector in the United Kingdom. The couple had two children together and they had moved to Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire County, England.

She passed away in 2004.


  2. John Prados, Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003; pg. 15

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