The Quest for Agent Alice - Simon Welfare

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Aboyne and Dinnet Church
Huntly Road,
AB34 5HE

Cicely Lefort, the daughter of Lord Granville Armyne Gordon, son of the 10th Marquess of Huntly, owed her life to a chance meeting at Aboyne Castle in 1892; her fame to her work for Churchill’s Special Operations Executive, fighting alongside the resistance in the secret struggle against the Nazis in occupied France in World War II.

In his illustrated talk, Simon Welfare uncovers the extraordinary story of a true, if unlikely, heroine. His quest extends across two continents: from America’s first holiday resort to a 19th century ‘gentlemen’s colony’ in Iowa and an accident on its polo field; to England and a love triangle that scandalised high society; to France, where in a field near Le Mans in June 1943, Cicely, now codenamed ‘Alice,’ began her perilous mission as a courier for the underground ‘Jockey’ resistance network; and finally, to Germany and her disappearance into the night and fog of Himmler’s concentration camps.

Simon Welfare is a television producer and author. Fortune’s Many Houses, his biography of Ishbel Gordon, wife of the 1st Marquess of Aberdeen, is published by Atria books/Simon & Schuster. He lives at Tarland.

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    Aug. 21, 2024 7:30pm

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    Standard - From £5.00 - £10.00

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