Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Framlingham: War veteran honoured with code-breaker badge

06:00 22 January 2014

Liz Austin with her Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge and certificate

Liz Austin with her Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge and certificate

Archant

A Suffolk Second World War veteran has been honoured with a commemorative badge and certificate for her code-breaking work at Bletchley Park.

shares
Right to left: Liz Austin, of Framlingham, with her Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge and certificate, with Georgina Penny, Care UK Business Support Manager at Mills Meadow, and Roz Ingate, Care UK Mills Meadow Activities Coordinator.Right to left: Liz Austin, of Framlingham, with her Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge and certificate, with Georgina Penny, Care UK Business Support Manager at Mills Meadow, and Roz Ingate, Care UK Mills Meadow Activities Coordinator.

Liz Austin, from Framlingham, now 87, was called up to join the war effort when she was 17 years old on her last day at school.

She trained at Bletchley Park, the iconic war-time code-breaking site in Buckinghamshire, where she learned how to use the cyphering and encryption machines.

She was then based at the Eastcote Outstation, Middlesex, where she helped decipher German codes and forward them on to officers at Bletchley Park.

She said: “I was amazed and very proud to receive the badge.

“Working during the war at such a young age was hard, with very long hours, working through the night and lots of secrecy.

“After some encouragement and persuasion from Care UK colleagues here at Mills Meadow, I decided to tell my story and claim the badge as I would like to pass it onto my grandchildren.”

Mrs Austin was born in Framlingham and has spent most of her life in Suffolk.

She joined the Wrens during the war from 1943 and then worked as a potter in Sudbury before marrying her husband John and settling in Cretingham.

She now lives at Mills Meadow care home on Fore Street, Framlingham.

The achievements of the Government Code and Cypher School made a significant contribution to allied victory during the Second World War.

In 2009 the government recognised the vital service of all those who worked at Bletchley Park and its outstations during the war, by presenting surviving veterans with a blue and gold commemorative badge. Mrs Austin received hers in the post from Prime Minister David Cameron.

shares

0 comments

Two teenagers have been arrested following the death of a 14 year old boy after an incident at an address in Thurston.

A peaceful Suffolk village is tonight in shock after the death of a 14-year-old boy from gunshot wounds.

The A1092 through Clare is closed due to a road traffic accident.

Police were called at 3.35pm today to attend a serious road traffic collision in Clare.

Waveney River Centre.

A young girl has died after she was found unconscious in a pool at Waveney River Centre at around midday today.

Entrants set off in last year's Rotary Club of Felixstowe fun run on the resort's seafront.

After a warm and fairly dry weekend, Bank Holiday Monday is set to get off to a dry start in Suffolk but turn wet and blowy by the afternoon.

More than 600 vehicles - cars, buses, military vehicles and motorcycles - taking part in the 46th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run. Christchurch Park. Left to right, Ross and Stuart Holman.

Hundreds of car owners took advantage of one of the first good days of the year to take part in Sunday’s historic vehicle run from Ipswich to Felixstowe.

Norfolk Police. Photo: Steve Adams

Police were called to the scene of a three car crash on the A146, near the Morrisons roundabout, at around 11.24am.

Kesgrave 5K Fun Run starting and ending at The Bell Inn.

It was a record-breaking turn out at the ninth annual Kesgrave 5k fun run.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24