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Memories of Bletchley Park

by Croft Castle WW2 event

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People in story: 
Marjorie Jelinek
Location of story: 
Bletchley Park
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
Article ID: 
A2870426
Contributed on: 
27 July 2004

I left school early, as we did, many of us, in those days, with the wish to join something [and the vague idea that I should do something for My Country…] I would have liked to join the Land Army, but my mother objected [I think she had been reading Mary Webb, and had visions of lustful farmers…] — and so I joined the WRNS. A mistake, as it proved, for I spent a thoroughly unhappy 2 years — and did very little for my country. I was posted to Bletchley Park [as far from the sea as you can get in England] How exciting! Some would say; not so. Nobody trained me for anything, not even when I was put onto operating a vast machine [early computer prototype]. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. Many days [and nights] I spent filing naval signals; the only one I remember was a request from an admiral on the Far East, needing a new hat [his other must have blown overboard…] So I was more relieved than most when the war ended.

One thing, though, I must add: before joining up I worked for a year in Exeter, at the time it was bombed. Nobody who has seen an innocent city wrecked, and its people killed, could possibly see war as any sort of solution, to however bad a situation. A colleague, who was pregnant, was killed — and her baby with her. “Bad things happen in war” says Donald Rumsfeld, and so they do. But we should never accept this, as he implies. Never! [But we don’t learn, do we?]

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Posted on: 19 September 2005 by martinsugarman

Marjories Jelinek - please would you contact me on 0208 986 4868 after 7pm to discuss my reserach on personnel at B Park?

e mail martin.sugarman@westking.ac.uk

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