First Indian Origin Woman To Be Honoured With Blue London Plaque

Noor Inayat Khan, a World War II British Spy has now become the first Indian origin woman to be commemorated by the distinct blue London plaque.

Highlights:

  • Noor Inayat Khan is the first Indian woman to be honoured with a blue plaque, it has been erected on houses and venues associated with several Indian men including Mahatma Gandhi, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, and B R Ambedkar.
  • An emblem of English heritage pride, the plaque has been placed on the house at Taviton Street, Bloomsbury, London, where Noor Inayat Khan once lived.
  • The idea of placing commemorative plaques on historically significant buildings was first argued in 1863. The idea behind this was to honour important people and organisations who have lived or worked in London buildings.
  • Currently, the blue plaque scheme is being run by the charity organisation, English Heritage, that takes care of historic sites and buildings in England.

Who is Noor Inayat Khan?

  • Noor Inayat Khan, GC (1914-1944) was a British spy in World War II who served in the Special Operations Executive (SOE).
  • As an SOE agent, she became the first female wireless operator to be sent from the UK into Nazi-occupied France by the Special Operations Executive (SOE). In September 1944, she was captured and executed at Dachau concentration camp where she were shot on 13 September.
  • She was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949 for her service in the SOE, the highest civilian decoration in the United Kingdom.

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