Posted on December 17, 2018
More than 200 people including stars, cultural leaders and politicians have added their voices to a campaign to put an historic figure from a minority ethnic background on the bank note. The Bank of England in November appealed for public nominations for the new face to appear on the new polymer £50 note, with nominations closing on Friday. Ms Khan was a British secret agent during the Second World War and is regarded by some as Britain’s first Muslim war heroine. She worked as a radio operator, before being captured by the Gestapo in France.
Noor Inayat Khan died at Dachau concentration camp in 1944 and was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949. Mary Seacole worked as an army nurse during the Crimean War. Her father was a Scottish soldier and her mother a Jamaican nurse, who taught Mrs Seacole her nursing skills. After approaching the War Office asking to be deployed to the conflict, and being refused, she made her own way and set up a ‘British Hotel’ behind the lines.