Elizabeth Mary Julia Pirie, known to her family as Elizabeth but later as Julia was born at Harbury, Warwickshire July 8th, 1918.
After the Great war she and her mother moved to India, but she returned as a young woman at the outbreak of WWII. She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1939, serving as a driver, and she was with the first troops to enter the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in 1945. She went on to become a determined member of MI5, serving as a mole in the Communist Party of Great Britain, and later monitoring IRA activities in Barcelona -from a flat underneath their safe house.
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