30 Aug 2012

Memorial held for 100th birthday of Nancy Wake

9:04 pm on 30 August 2012

A memorial service has been held marking the 100th birthday of war heroine Nancy Wake.

The New Zealand-born servicewoman was one of the most decorated resistance fighters of World War II after she set up multiple escape routes and sabotaged Nazi installations.

A 200-strong crowd gathered at Old St Paul's, a former church, in Wellington on Thursday to pay tribute to the woman known as the White Mouse for her ability to evade capture.

Trevor Morley organised the memorial and said Ms Wake has has been honoured in France, Britain, the United States and Australia, but not by the New Zealand Government.

In 2006, the New Zealand Returned and Services Association awarded her its highest honour, the Badge in Gold.

Two years earlier, she received Australia's highest honour, the Companion of Order, at a ceremony in London.

Mr Morley believes she deserves official recognition in New Zealand and it will be eternally sad that her lifetime of bravery has not been acknowledged by the Government.

Nancy Wake died in London last year following a chest infection. She was 98.