Carve their Names with Pride

In the last edition of The Whistler, we ran an article entitled West Hill Born Secret Agent Remembered. Now, there are more details to share of the celebrations that will take place to remember Lt Jacqueline Nearne and her fellow officers.

Lt Jacqueline Nearn CdeG, MBE, Capt Michael Trotobas, Capt Edward Zeff MBE, CdeG, Capt Ronald Taylor
Lt Jacqueline Nearn CdeG, MBE, Capt Michael Trotobas, Capt Edward Zeff MBE, CdeG, Capt Ronald Taylor

The Secret WW2 Learning Network and its partners, including the University of Sussex, will be at
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange at 11am on Saturday 12 November 2016
for the official ‘grand reveal’ of four blue plaques in memory of four Brighton-born WW2 secret agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

This very special commemorative day will have the theme, Carve Their Names With Pride

The programme will continue at 2pm with a unique book & film get-together for everyone who’s been inspired by WW2’s ‘secret warriors’ with talks by special guests, book signings and films plus a bookshop by CITY BOOKS and a café, until 5pm

Admission to this all-day event at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange is FREE but by invitation only – so please email your wish to attend asap to:

Registered attendees for the ‘grand reveal’ of the four blue plaques will be asked to register at 10.00am so as to be seated in time for the formal proceedings which will commence at 11am

Applicants will receive more information by email later.

At lunchtime on Monday 14 November, a smaller gathering will take place at West Hill Street to attach the plaque to the birth home of Jaqueline Nearne, followed by a talk in West Hill Hall straight afterwards. Dr Juliette Pattinson will make a short presentation that will first set the scene by explaining the roles of SOE’s women agents, and then zoom in on the story of Jacqueline Nearne.


Unfortunately due to the illness of Jacqueline Nearne’s niece, who was to be guest of honour at the placement of the plaque in West Hill Street on Monday 14 November, this event at West Hill Hall has been postponed to the Spring of 2017.

There are other events to mark the celebration of the lives of the agents. More details of these events can be seen on the Secret WW2 Learning Network website

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