St Paul’s Church Memorial
A memorial on the outside wall of St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge commemorates 52 members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) who died on active service in the Second World War. They carried out secret intelligence work for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in occupied countries as well as providing transport drivers for the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).
39 FANYs went into the field, of which 13 were captured and executed by the Gestapo. Violette Szabo, Odette (Churchill) Hallowes and Noor Inayat Khan were all awarded the George Cross; Violette and Noor posthumously.
Noor Inayat Khan is commemorated on the second row of the memorial. Although her name has been misspelt – ‘Inyat’ rather than Inayat.
The Memorial was unveiled by HRH Princess Alice, on 7 May 1948.
Noor’s friend, Jean Overton Fuller, was at the unveiling ceremony and laid lily-of-the-valley flowers in her memory.