Muriel Tamara Byck

Section Officer, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force/ Special Operations Executive
Service number 2071428
Died 23 May 1944
Buried Pornic War Cemetery, France
Age 25

Headstone Inscription
‘HERE RESTS IN PEACE MURIEL T. BYCK OUR ONLY CHILD AND BELOVED DAUGHTER’.


Muriel was born on 4 June 1918 in Ealing to Jacques Byck and Luba Basia nee Golynska, who both originated from Ukraine. Muriel’s childhood involved a year-long visit to Germany with her family from 1923 to 1924 when they had lived in Wiesbaden and four years in France from 1926 to 1930 where she attended the Lycée de Jeunes Filles at St. Germain-en-Laye outside Paris. The family returned to England in 1930, but her parents divorced while Muriel continued her French education at the Lycée Francais in South Kensington, London. She passed her Baccalauréat in July 1935 and then finished her studies at the Université de Lille in northern France. Her command of French, which she spoke with no accent, was total and she was also fluent in Russian which had been spoken by her parents. Muriel’s story can be found on the link below.

Grateful thanks to Paul McCue for his help and research. https://www.secret-ww2.net/ and to AJEX Archivist, Martin Sugarman https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/daughters-of-yael-two-jewish-heroines-of-the-soe

Photo credit Paul and Sue Robinson via Paul McCue
Photo credit Martin Sugarman


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