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Gabrielle PETIT

Belgian Gabrielle PETIT

Belgian woman who spied for the British Secret Service during World War I

Source :  Pierre LOUIS

Born: on February 20, 1893 in Tournai, Belgique
Died: on April 01, 1916 in Schaerbeek, Belgique


Petit was born in Tournai to working class parents. She was raised in a Catholic boarding school in Brugelette following her mother's early death. At the outbreak of the First World War, she was living Brussels as a saleswoman. She immediately volunteered to serve with the Belgian Red Cross.

Petit's espionage activities began in 1914, when she helped her wounded soldier fiancé, Maurice Gobert, cross the border to the Netherlands to reunite with his regiment. She passed along to British Intelligence information about the Imperial German army acquired during the trip.

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- Category World Wars & Contemporary Wars