Margaret PawleyMargaret Pawley joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (the FANYs) in Cairo. She was posted to Force 133 and spent her time coding and decoding signals between headquarters and agents in the Balkans. She also operated covertly in Rome and Siena.
Margaret Pawley – Film 1Margaret found herself in the FANY because her father felt thatcher ability to speak German would be an asset to SOE. After training, she was posted Cairo were she worked for the Chief Signals Officer. In June 1944 she went to Italy, and worked in Special Operations Mediterranean [SOM]. She then moved to an intelligence branch plotting Germans movements in the Balkans.
Margaret Pawley – Film 2Margaret talks in detail about her time in Italy. She recalls great poverty.
Margaret Pawley – Film 3Margaret recalls Major General Gubbin. He was the head of SOE. She recalls the end of the war and recalls a fear of Smallpox.
Margaret Pawley – Film 4Like most people working in clandestine operations. Margaret was only told what she needed to know. That said, she does recall some of the wireless transmissions that fellow FANYs received.
Margaret Pawley – Film 5Margaret talks a bit about history of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and what Captain Edward Baker was aiming for when he created it in 1907. Being a female had its advantages. As a female agent working overseas there was never a shortage of potential suitors
Margaret Pawley – Film 6Margaret recalls an incident with an Austrian with a damaged knee. She has to use her wits to ensure his story holds up properly.
Margaret Pawley – Film 7Margaret talks about what made the FANYs so unique. She also recalls tat they were not immune to being ribbed.
Margaret Pawley joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (the FANYs) in Cairo. She was posted to Force 133 and spent her time coding and decoding signals between headquarters and agents in the Balkans.
She also operated covertly in Rome and Siena.