This is the certificate recording my mother's service in the Women's Royal Naval Service during the Second World War. She was from Folkestone and volunteered for the WRNS because she wanted to be near the sea, but she was posted to Bletchley Park, which is about as far from the sea as you can get. The certificate shows her establishment as HMS Pembroke III, one of the cover names for BP, though to my surprise one of the entries adds Station X as well. Her category is given as Special Duty x. She was one of the operators of the bombes, designed to break the Enigma codes used by the German forces. The WRNS set up the menus and waited for the machines to stop, which could indicate a break, but often didn't. It was boring work, on shifts covering day and night, the machines were noisy and often broke down - it was my father's job to fix mechanical failures. They met at Bletchley Park and married in 1944. The document shows her maiden name and was amended to show her married name. I feel this piece of paper connects me to a very important piece of world history, but also to a piece of my own family's history.