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Code breaker visits school

Evesham Editorial 19th Jun, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

STUDENTS from a Pershore school were treated to a fascinating day when a Second World War veteran made a special visit.

Charlotte ‘Betty’ Webb spoke to pupils from Pershore High School on Tuesday (June 17) about her life as a code breaker during the conflict.

Betty was barely out of school when she was selected to join an army of code breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

The country estate housed the Government Code and Cypher School where mathematicians, linguists, chess champions and even crossword enthusiasts worked around the clock to crack the German’s Enigma code.

Betty said: “I wasn’t told what the interview was for. You had to declare everything about your education, so I thought it may be something to do with the fact I was bilingual as I could speak fluent German.

“It was a long time ago, but I remember the interview was conducted entirely in German.

“We were mostly all very, very ordinary people who were sworn to the upmost secrecy. It was in the country’s interests to keep everything to ourselves.”

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