Noor Inayat-Khan: A Woman of Conspicuous Courage

With the help of the Girlguiding Association, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation is telling the story of Noor Inayat-Khan.

Armed with false papers and a pistol, Noor became the first woman radio operator to be sent to Nazi–occupied France. Noor was an unlikely candidate to engage in espionage in the Second World War, but she did so with a “steely strength of will”.

She sacrificed her life for the cause of freedom and here the CWGF is keeping her story alive, through its new interactive exhibition.

75 years after the war, Noor’s courage and determination are inspirational. Her legacy lives on at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial.

Find out about more about how the CWGF is remembering Noor’s incredible story here:

Noor Inayat-Khan Digital Experience

Learn about Noor's upbringing, her reasons for volunteering for one of the most dangerous jobs of the war and her incredible dedication to her duty.

Noor Inayat-Khan Digital Experience
Visit Runnymede Memorial

Our Noor Inayat-Khan exhibition is based at Runnymede Memorial, which bears Noor's name upon its panels. Find out more about the exhibition and plan your visit.

Visit Runnymede Memorial
Women of Conspicuous Courage

Read the stories of some of the other courageous women that CWGC commemorates.

Women of Conspicuous Courage
Discover Noor's story

Find out how Noor went from a pacifist musician and author to an undercover agent in Nazi-occupied France. Discover her story through our digital timeline and videos.

Discover Noor's story

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