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  4. Being fluent in French and having lived and worked in France, made him an ideal candidate for the SOE. Following interviews, he joined them in June 1942. Described as having brown hair, oval face and a clear complexion, he commenced training at Wanborough Manor (STS 5) near Guildford with Party 27 R on 8 July where he was described as ‘the most hardworking and thorough of the party. An earnest disposition. Security-mindedness very good.’ (TNA HS 9/1395/3) From there he went for paramilitary training at Meoble Lodge (STS 23) in northwest Scotland and in mid-September he had parachute training at Ringway (STS 51), now Manchester Airport, where the Commandant considered him to be ‘reliable enough to receive further training for operations in the field.’ After a week’s leave at his parents’ home in Slough, he attened the ‘Finishing School’ at Beaulieu where he was taught the art of clandestine warfare. A note in his file indicated that his instructors reported being impressed by his seriousness and thorough approach and identified him as a potential organiser.
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    Details of both his operations into France and the successful sabotage attacks can be found in ‘Agent Designer’, an as yet unpublished biography of Jacqueline Nearne, his courier. Once I’ve got the illustrations, I’ll upload it onto

    • Hello Bernard,

      Thank you so much for such a wealth of fascinating information. A really interesting read. I particularly like the industrial sabotage school report, quite the student it seems! How did you come across that (if you don’t mind me asking)?

      Excited to read the biography, are the illustrations far from being finished?

      Kind regards,
      Alex – Parade Antiques

      ps. Part 3 coming today!

      • Whilst writing ‘Agent Rose, The true Spy Story of Eileen Nearne: Britain’s Forgotten Wartime Heroine’, I was also researching her sister Jacqueline#s story. Both were secret agents infiltrated into France during WW2. Jacqueline worked as a courier for Maurice Southgate in the southwest of France so, to gain more insight into her time there, I accessed Southgate’s (and other agents) personnel files in the National Archives. Not only did they provide useful information for ‘Agent Desinger’ (Jacqueline’s autobiography), Southgate’s work involved important sabotage operations, details of which I’ve included in ‘Churchill’s School for Saboteurs: Brickendonbury (STS 17)’, to be published later.

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  35. Mary Husted

    I am very interested in your diary of Maurice Southgate, who was my father’s cousin and ‘Uncle Maurice’ to me. I remember him and his wife, Josette.

    • Hello Mary,

      I’m glad to hear of your interest and apologies for our sluggishness in updating it! He’s a fascinating man and his diary deserves to good hearing.


  36. Bernard O'Connor

    Me again. Might there be any mention of Maurice being given instructions to arrange the sabotage of Ratier’s propeller works in Figeac when he went on his second mission on 27 January 1944?
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    • Hello Bernard, thanks for getting in touch again.

      Unfortunately the diary is only of Southgate’s time in England and finishes quite abruptly in March, 1942 – Presumably around the time he left for France? Sorry we couldn’t be more helpful.


      kind regards,

  37. Bernard O'Connor

    Hi Nigel, Might you have a decent photo of Maurice I could use in a publication? He features in ‘Churchill’s School for Saboteurs’, ‘Sabotage in France’ and ‘Blackmail Sabotage’.


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  42. Trevor Butterworth

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    Thanks anyway to whomsoever translated and posted the chapters.

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