Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was first to report on the start of World War II, died in Hong Kong on Tuesday. She was 105 years old.
Clare Hollingworth dies aged 105: Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of WWII passes away in Hong Konghttps://t.co/gFUXsrBLUo
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 10, 2017
Hollingworth was born in 1911 in Leicester, England, according to the BBC. In 1939, she was working as a reporter for The Daily Telegraph; while traveling from Poland to Germany, she noticed German forces amassed on the Polish border and notified her editors.
“1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift strike,” the resulting headline read. It was published without Hollingworth’s byline, as was customary for newspapers at the time. Watch the video clip below, in which she describes witnessing the moment the first military strike was launched.
Clare Hollingworth, the journalist who broke the news about the start of WWII, has died aged 105. pic.twitter.com/7YH8IjZ2hI
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) January 10, 2017
Hollingworth went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria, and the Middle East. She came close to death in 1936, when a bomb was detonated at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Hollingworth was just 300 yards from the explosion, which killed 100 people.
In 1994, Hollingworth received the James Cameron Award for Journalism. She was also honored with a lifetime achievement award from What the Papers Say, a British journalistic institution, in 1999.
Read more at the BBC.