Nancy Wake

1912 - 2011

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Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) (also known as Nancy Fiocca) was a nurse and journalist who joined the French Resistance and later the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II, and briefly pursued a post-war career as an intelligence officer in the Air Ministry. The official historian of the SOE, M. R. D. Foot, said that "her irrepressible, infectious, high spirits were a joy to everyone who worked with her".Born in the suburb of Roseneath in Wellington, she moved first to Sydney in Australia as a child, and then to Paris in the 1930s. Wake was living in Marseille with her French industrialist husband, Henri Fiocca, when the war broke out. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nancy Wake has received more than 1,360,864 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Nancy Wake is the 260th most popular social activist (down from 214th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 17th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Nancy Wake ranks 260 out of 544Before her are Emmett Till, Cut Nyak Dhien, Paul Watson, Wessel Freytag von Loringhoven, William Howard Russell, and Policarpa Salavarrieta. After her are Beppe Grillo, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nimr al-Nimr, Ricardo Flores Magón, Édouard René de Laboulaye, and Muhamed Mehmedbašić.

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Among people born in 1912, Nancy Wake ranks 138Before her are Thorbjørn Egner, Domingos da Guia, Võ Chí Công, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Georges Franju, and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump. After her are Kurt Sanderling, Lev Kopelev, Eve Arnold, Henry Armstrong, Melita Norwood, and Robert Jacobsen. Among people deceased in 2011, Nancy Wake ranks 129Before her are Lazar Mojsov, Harri Holkeri, Abdul Fatah Younis, Michael Dummett, Võ Chí Công, and Marie-France Pisier. After her are Loriot, Kurt Sanderling, Norio Ohga, Shigeo Yaegashi, Leka, Crown Prince of Albania, and Josef Suk.

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Among people born in New Zealand, Nancy Wake ranks 23 out of 206Before her are John Money (1921), Jane Campion (1954), Karl Urban (1972), Ngaio Marsh (1895), Manu Bennett (1969), and Marton Csokas (1966). After her are Patsy Reddy (1954), Peter Snell (1938), Cliff Curtis (1968), Andrew Niccol (1964), Helen Clark (1950), and Taika Waititi (1975).


Among social activists born in New Zealand, Nancy Wake ranks 1After her are Peter Arnett (1934).