New MBE Jerry Roberts calls for honours for Testery codebreakers

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THE team which helped decode 90 per cent of the German’s topline messages during the Second World War deserves greater recognition.

That is the view of Captain Raymond ‘Jerry’ Roberts, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Captain Jerry Roberts

Captain Jerry Roberts

Captain Roberts today told the Citizen that he hoped the rest of the team he worked with at Bletchley Park will be honoured.

One of the four founder members of the Testery, alongside Alan Turing, Bill Tutte and Tommy Flowers, Captain Roberts worked to crack the Tunny code.

He said: “An honour is always an honour, but Bill Tutte still gets nothing. Personally I feel the Testery as a whole deserves a higher honour than an MBE.

“During the war we helped to decode 90 per cent of the topline message from the Germans and General Eisenhower said we helped to shorten the war by two years.”

Captain Roberts has been honoured for services to Bletchley Park. He has worked tirelessly over the past few years to get recognition for the group.

However, at 92-years-old he still referred to his work as “an effort I enjoy.”

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust, said: ““We are delighted and hugely proud that Captain Jerry Roberts has been recognised in this way.

“Jerry has been one of a number of Bletchley Park veterans who have supported the Bletchley Park Trust tremendously over the past few years and Jerry’s particular contribution is his tireless mission to achieve rightful public recognition for WW2 Codebreakers Alan Turing and Bill Tutte and GPO engineer Tommy Flowers.”