War Memories

Leslie Greer was unusual among our participants in that she was in a position to continue her education into third level. She went to Trinity College in Dublin where she studied French and German. She went on from here to teach German in Queens University in Belfast. At this time World War Two had started and after a year of working in Belfast Leslie decided to join the war effort. Her knowledge of German was a valuable skill at the time and particularly useful for British war intelligence agents. As a result Leslie began work in Bletchley in Buckinghamshire in the UK. Bletchley was an organisation set up to intercept and read German war signals and Leslie played a part in deciphering the signals and in creating an index for all the material that was coming in for decoding. She worked in Bletchley for four years altogether, until the war ended.

In this extract from her interview, Leslie provides a fascinating portrait of life in Bletchley during the war.

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