A VETERAN peace campaigner who helped found the Greenham Common women’s peace camp has died.
Helen John, 79, continued resisting war and battling militarism to the last.
A former midwife, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
In 1981 she was one of the original quartet of women to chain themselves to the fence around Greenham Common RAF base, where the United States stored Cruise missiles.
It inspired hundreds of other women to set up camp there, with the protest camp only disbanding 19 years later when Cruise missiles were removed from the base.
Ms John described Cruise missiles as “the son of the nazi V1 flying bombs.”
She was also involved in campaigning activities at the US snooping base at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire. The National Security Agency site is dominated by the huge white globes housing radomes which gather economic, military and political intelligence from US satellites and feed it back to the Pentagon.
Ms John had lived in a caravan outside the base, which is staffed by more than 1,000 US military and civilian personnel, for more than a decade.
More recently she turned her campaigning attentions to the use of drones as pilotless weapons of destruction, staging protests at drone base RAF Waddington.
She had suffered ill health and died on Sunday night.