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Bletchley Park codebreaker Jerry Roberts given MBE

Captain Jerry Roberts

Captain Jerry Roberts

CODEBREAKING hero Captain Raymond ‘Jerry’ Roberts has been named an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Captain Roberts, 92, worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, alongside the likes of Alan Turing, Tim Flowers and Bill Tutte.

The four were the founder members of the Testery section at Bletchley Park – the team tasked with breaking the Germans Tunny code.

Mr Turing broke the Enigma code, Mr Tutte cracked Tunny and Mr Flowers designed and built Colossus, which sped up the breaking of Tunny traffic.

Captain Roberts has spent recent years campaigning for his former colleagues to be recognised.

During a visit to Bletchley Park in October, Captain Roberts saw home secretary William Hague reveal that the codebreaking base would be receiving £480,000 in restoration funding.

Speaking then, he said Tutte, Flowers and Turing were ‘heroes’.

On his own work on the Lorenz – or ‘Tunny’ – cipher machine, he said: “It was almost a miracle that Bill Tutte broke that.

“In the last 18 months of the war we were breaking 90 per cent of the traffic.”

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford was also named an MBE, while deputy chief executive of the Race Equality Foundation Jabeer Karim Butt was made an OBE for services to health equality and Caroline Ward, who founded the Little Oaks Community Nursery in Wavendon, was named an MBE.

 

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