Did your parents suggest Bletchley Park?
Good gracious, no. Having signed the Law on Official Secrets, I was not allowed to tell anyone where I was or what I was doing, not even to them. I first joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a soldier and followed my basic military training.
Because my CV said that I was bilingual, during the interview, they said: “Here is a railway mandate. Meet at Bletchley.
Did you do top secret work?
I had never heard of Bletchley; it was so secret and had to be. The shifts were 24 hours a day, running every minute. There were 8,000 people (men outnumbered 3 to 1).
I did secretarial work then I went to the Japanese department to paraphrase the decoded Japanese messages; someone found out that I was good at transcribing.
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