French nun, WWII’s ‘White Angel’, dies


The mayor of a town in the French Normandy area says a 103-year-old nuns known as the "white angel" to allied soldiers who are injured during an erroneous second world war raid are dead.

Dieppe in Normandie said that a tribute to sister Agnes-Marie Valois will be held on April 24 at the Canadian Cemetery. The ceremony is set to be present by Canada's ambassador in France.

Most soldiers killed or captured during the 19th of August 1942 raid in Dieppe were Canadian, just like the troops the French nun and the nurse cared for.

Dieppe mayor Nicolas Langlois says that the flag has been lowered to the half-mile in the city to pay tribute to "a big lady in our history."

Valois, who took promises as a nun in 1936 and also served as a nurse at Dieppe Hospital, retired at a monastery when she died on Thursday.

Dieppe Raid from 1942 is remembered as one of the darkest chapters in Canada's military history. A 6000-man's strength, consisting mainly of Canadians, made an amphibious assault on Dieppe, which was only rejected by the occupation of German superior firepower.

Of the nearly 5,000 Canadians who participated, 913 were killed. Most of the nearly imprisoned prisoners remained in POW camps for the rest of the war.



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