Veteran British journalist and war correspondent Clare Hollingworth, who famously became the first person to report the start of World War II in a newspaper, died at the age of 105 in Hong Kong. It was Clare who noticed the German army near Polish border while travelling and reported in August 1939 the biggest war of last century, if not the biggest war ever. She was a rookie Daily Telegraph reporter at the time.
The report read, “1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift strike.” She was also the first journalist to report British spy Kim Philby had defected to Russia in 1963. Clare Hollingworth settled in Hong Kong in the later part of her life after working in beijing. She had escaped death in 1946 when the King David Hotel in Jerusalem was destroyed by a bomb blast.
Clare had won many awards and accolades during her lifetime, including the James Cameron Award for Journalism in 1994 and lifetime achievement award at What the Papers Say awards in 1999.