Clare Hollingworth made her name by getting the scoop on WWII, from the frontline in Poland.
Clare Hollingworth made her name by getting the scoop on WWII, from the frontline in Poland. Facebook: Celebrate Clare Hollingworth

First journalist to report outbreak of WWII has died

BRITISH war correspondent Clare Hollingworth died yesterday, aged 105. 

Ms Hollingworth OBE will best be remembered for being the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

At the time, she was only one week into her job as a junior reporter for The Daily Telegraph.  

She was also the first to report Germany's invasion of Poland, reporting from the frontline.

She later witnessed the horrors of war in Vietnam, Algeria, the Middle East, India and Pakistan, as well as the Cultural Revolution in China.

A Facebook page created in tribute to Ms Hollingworth reports that her great-nephew Patrick Garrett has uncovered documents detailing her assistance in saving between 2000 and 3000 souls from the Nazis on the eve of WWII.

Her life was exceptional and has been described by the BBC as "the doyenne of journalists".

Ms Hollingworth died in Hong Kong, which has been her home for the last 30 years.


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