Clare Hollingworth: British war correspondent dies aged 105

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(BBC) Clare Hollingworth, the veteran British war correspondent who broke the news that World War Two had started, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 105.

Born in Leicester in 1911, Hollingworth broke the story of Germany’s invasion of Poland in August 1939.

She went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria and the Middle East.

Hollingworth, pictured in 1978, was a rookie reporter when she fell upon “the scoop of the century”

Hollingworth was a rookie reporter for the Daily Telegraph when she fell upon “the scoop of the century”.

It was she who spotted German forces amassed on the Polish border while travelling from Poland to Germany in 1939.

‘Tremendous inspiration’

Before becoming a reporter, she helped rescue thousands of people from Hitler’s forces by arranging British visas.

In later life she was a regular at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) in Hong Kong, where she celebrated her 105th birthday last October.

Tara Joseph, president of the FCC, said Hollingworth had been “a tremendous inspiration” and a “treasured member”.

A statement on the Celebrate Clare Hollingworth Facebook page read: “We are sad to announce that after an illustrious career spanning a century of news… Clare Hollingworth died this evening.”

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