More on Baroness Trumpington

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There are various members of the Lords who saw service during the Second World War.  In an early post, I mentioned that Lord Campbell of Alloway was a prisoner-of-war in Colditz.  As some readers may know, Baroness Trumpington served in naval intelligence at code-breaking Bletchley Park.  She is extremely interesting on the subject.  A reader has sent me the link to a YouTube video in which she discusses her experience.  The video can be seen here.

At the end of the interview, Baroness Trumpington mentions that in the Lords recently a question was asked by a peer whose father was her boss at Bletchley.  The question was asked by Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall.   Her parents met at Bletchley.  Lord Clement-Jones got to his feet to say that his parents also met at Bletchley as did the parents-in-laws of Lord Wallace of Saltaire.  Some peers clearly have reason to be doubly grateful to Bletchley.

5 comments for “More on Baroness Trumpington

  1. tory boy
    15/08/2009 at 12:00 am

    v good film i do think Baroness Trumpington seems such good fun. I hope that we may be able to get her on this site!!

  2. Croft
    15/08/2009 at 10:17 am

    Usually people mention financial or professional interests when they speak but this is a new one!

    Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, I declare an indirect interest in that my father was a beneficiary of the Ultra intelligence derived from the work done by the noble Baroness, Lady Trumpington

    I forget the order of the huts – though I seem to remember men were ‘banned’ from at least one as the machine girls used the hot equipment to dry their ‘clothes’!

  3. howridiculous
    18/08/2009 at 8:15 am

    Dear Lord Norton,

    What a wonderful film! Thank you so much for posting it.

    I agree with Tory Boy that it would be marvellous if we could get Lady Trumpington to do something on the blog. May be answer questions sent in by blog readers?


  4. Roger Holtby
    13/02/2010 at 1:12 am

    I was a pupil at The Leys School (1969-1973) when Jean Barker (wife of our Headmaster) was appointed Mayor of Cambridge. I recall her strutting around in her swimsuit behind the photographer while all us boys were posing for the annual school photograph which caused great amusement.

    • Alexander MOFFATT
      19/11/2011 at 8:18 pm

      I’m a B House oldie (1962-68 – I think!) Seem to remember similar. Am seeking to invite the Baroness ( Auntie Jean – ex-Bluebell girl?) to visit my older Mother who was also a Bletchley WREN as she received her medal a few months ago, and still lives in Trumpington.

      I now live near Saffron Walden.

      Hope all goes well with you

      Alexander Moffatt

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