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Happy Birthday Clare – 105 and counting….


Clare Hollingworth Celebrates 105th birthday, October 10, 2016 at Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong.
Clare celebrates her 105th birthday in the ‘Bunker” at the FCC. Pictured here with nephew Patrick Garrett ( left), the author of her latest biography, Of Fortunes and War: Clare Hollingworth, First of the Female War Correspondents, Cathay Hilborn Feng (centre left), FCC General Manager, Gilbert Cheng (centre right) and FCC staff

The Grand Doyenne of war Correspondents, Clare Hollingworth celebrated her 105th birthday on Monday, October 10, in her usual corner at the FCC with friends and family.

In the months before she joined the Telegraph, to July 1939, Hollingworth earned the nickname the “Scarlet Pimpernel” by helping 3500 political and Jewish refugees to escape the Nazis, facilitating their evacuation from Katowice to Britain.

Clare Hollingworth, the British journalist who scooped the world with news of the outbreak of World War II, celebrated her 105th birthday in Hong Kong yesterday.

On August 31, 1939, the then 27-year-old Hollingworth had been working as a journalist for less than a week when London’s Daily Telegraph sent her to Poland to report on worsening tensions in Europe. On September 1 –

Hollingworth went on to report on conflicts in Palestine, Algeria, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, China, Aden and Vietnam. She would “happily go anywhere with just a toothbrush and a typewriter“. Hollingworth was born in Knighton outside Leicester, home of the Imperial typewriter, but she generally used a Hermes Baby.

In the months before she joined the Telegraph, to July 1939, Hollingworth earned the nickname the “Scarlet Pimpernel” by helping 3500 political and Jewish refugees to escape the Nazis, facilitating their evacuation from Katowice to Britain.

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