Violette Bushell, a British woman born to an English father and a French mother, spent her childhood in both countries. Her marriage in 1940 with a French soldier going to war, Etienne Szabo, was an act of patriotism. She was 19 years old.
Szabo was killed in 1942 in El Alamein. Their daughter Tania was four months old. Violette Szabo was recruited as a secret agent in 1943 by the Special Operations Executive. Involved in France in helping networks of the Résistance before the Normandy landings, she demonstrated an exemplary bravery. She was arrested by the Germans and executed.
On July 22 in London, Dix Noonan Webb sells in one lot five medals awarded posthumously to Violette Szabo, including her 1946 George Cross and her 1947 Croix de Guerre. The group is estimated £ 250K, lot 1. Here are the links to the website of Dix Noonan Webb and to an article in the Daily Mail summarizing the information gathered by the auction house.