Blue plaque unveiled for former war correspondent Martha Gellhorn
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Blue plaque unveiled for former war correspondent Martha Gellhorn

English Heritage honours journalist who reported on conflicts around the world, including Spain and Vietnam

Martha Gellhorn blue plaque, 72 Cadogan Square, London.(English Heritage)
Martha Gellhorn blue plaque, 72 Cadogan Square, London.(English Heritage)

English Heritage has unveiled a new blue plaque on the former home of American war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, who reported on conflicts ranging from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam.

Gellhorn, who came from a Jewish family and was married to the writer Ernest Hemingway, lived in a sparsely furnished top-floor flat on Cadogan Square for 28 years until, blighted by cancer and blindness, she took her own life there in 1998.

Among her many exploits, she was a stowaway aboard a France-bound military ship in 1944, which allowed her to covertly cover the Allied invasion, at a time when only men were allowed.

At the unveiling of the plaque this week, journalist John Simpson said: “This is where she dispensed wisdom, sharpness of understanding – and Famous Grouse whisky – to generations of writers and journalists who came to learn from one of the most perceptive observers of her time.”

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