Clare Hollingworth

Clare Hollingworth
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Hollingworth in Saigon, 1968
Born(1911-10-10)10 October 1911
Knighton, Leicester, England
Died10 January 2017(2017-01-10) (aged 105)
Central, Hong Kong

Clare Hollingworth, OBE (10 October 1911 – 10 January 2017) was an English journalist and author. She was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as "the scoop of the century".[1] As a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in 1939, while travelling from Poland to Germany, she spotted and reported German forces massed on the Polish border; three days later she was the first to report the German invasion of Poland.[2]

Hollingworth was appointed OBE by Elizabeth II for "services to journalism" in 1982.[3] She was 105 when she died.

Early life

Hollingworth was born in 1911 in Knighton, a southern suburb of Leicester, the daughter of Daisy and Albert Hollingworth.[4][5] During World War I, her father took over the running of his father's footwear factory, and the family moved to a farm near Shepshed.[4] She showed an early interest in becoming a writer, against opposition from her mother, and her interest in warfare was stimulated by visits to historical battlefield sites in Britain and France with her father.[5][6] After leaving school, she attended a domestic science college in Leicester, which she did not enjoy.[4][6]

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