Final, loving tribute to Gil

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A 93-YEAR-OLD man, who was the last remaining member of a Bletchley Park team which helped win the war has died.

Gil Hayward designed the Tunny decoding machine and worked on the first electronic computer, Colossus.

Between 1940 and 1944 he was a member the Intelligence Corps which helped develop bugging equipment to spy on Prisoners of War. From 1944 and 1946 he worked alongside Alan Turing at Bletchley Park using Colossus.

The team decoded the infamous Enigma machine before helping to design the Tunny decoding machine.

After retiring Mr Hayward helped rebuild Colossus and Tunny by making 600 pattern plugs and 1,000 valve holders.

In 1996 his contribution was recognised as he was presented to the Duke of Kent and received a medal from the Prime Minister in 2010.

Mr Hayward was the much loved husband of Maisie, father of Mark, step-father of John, grandfather of Merlin, Rossi and Angelo and brother of Alan.

His funeral has taken place but donations can be sent, for the benefit of Bletchley Park Trust, c/o Heritage and Sons, 1a Bristle Hill, Buckingham.