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Flashback: Captain "Jerry" Roberts receives MBE

One of the last members of the Bletchley Park codebreakers has died at the age of 93.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts passed away after a short illness.

Capt Roberts received an MBE in the 2013 New Years Honest List.

He spoke to ITV News Anglia in the days leading up to the ceremony, and admitted that he was looking forward to meeting the Queen.

"I'm grateful for the honour," he said.

"I feel that the team as a whole deserved a higher honour, but I'm very pleased myself to have been awarded an honour, especially as it means hopefully I shall meet Her Majesty The Queen again."

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Bletchley Park: One of the last remaining codebreakers Jerry Roberts dies aged 93

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts talking to ITV News Anglia in 2012.
Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts talking to ITV News Anglia in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the last members of the Bletchley Park codebreakers has died at the age of 93.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts passed away after a short illness.

Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts seen in military uniform.
Captain Raymond "Jerry" Roberts seen in military uniform. Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

He was part of a team which helped to crack the German Tunny system used by Hitler and other high rank generals during the Second World War.

The team managed to reverse engineer the Tunny, which had 12 encryption wheels to the Enigma machine's three, described by Bletchley Park as "an incredible feat of dedication".

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Bletchley Park veterans gather to celebrate 70th anniversary of remarkable computer

The Colossus on display at the The National Museum of Computing.
The Colossus on display at the The National Museum of Computing. Credit: The National Museum of Computing

A group of veterans will gather at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the world's first electronic computer.

The Colossus allowed the British to gather crucial intelligence.
The Colossus allowed the British to gather crucial intelligence. Credit: National Archives

The Colossus was developed for British code-breakers during the Second World War to help them read and intercept high-level German army messages.

Students unravel Enigma

Children from Kettering in Northamptonshire have been getting hands on experience of one of the most significant wartime inventions.

The German Enigma machine generated codes which proved almost impossible to break but were deciphered at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes.

Students try out the machine Credit: ITV

Students at Latimer Arts College were given the chance to try out an original machine and learn about the formula used to decode messages.

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Bletchley's code-breaking past to feature on ITV prime time drama

Bletchley Park will take centre stage in an ITV drama Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bletchley Park is to take centre stage in a new television drama on ITV.

The estate, near Milton Keynes, is world famous for its role in breaking the German Enigma and Lorenz codes during the Second World War - often attributed to shortening the conflict by between two to four years.

As a hub for pioneering computer science, Bletchley Park is also often deemed to be the birth place of the modern-day computer.

The drama, The Bletchley Circle, will transport the site back to the 1940s and 50s for a two-part story to be shown on ITV next week.

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Turing's 'distress' letter sent to friends before conviction

A letter sent from Alan Turing to his mathematician friend Norman Routledge shows the codebreaker's worries and "distress" ahead of pleading guilty to gross indecency in 1952.

An excerpt from the communication is printed on the website Letters of Note, citing a Turing biography by Andrew Hodges.

I've now got myself into the kind of trouble that I have always considered to be quite a possibility for me, though I have usually rated it at about 10:1 against.

I shall shortly be pleading guilty to a charge of sexual offences with a young man.

The story of how it all came to be found out is a long and fascinating one, which I shall have to make into a short story one day, but haven't the time to tell you now.

No doubt I shall emerge from it all a different man, but quite who I've not found out.

Glad you enjoyed broadcast. Jefferson certainly was rather disappointing though.

I'm afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future.

Turing believes machines thinkTuring lies with menTherefore machines do not think

Yours in distress,

Alan

– Letter from Alan Turing to Norman Routledge
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'Old police trick' revealed Turing's gay relationship

A statue of Alan Turing on a bench in Sackville Gardens, Manchester. Credit: Flickr / Bernt Rostad under Creative Commons agreement

Alan Turing revealed he was gay to the authorities by falling for an "old police trick," New Statesman legal writer David Allen Green reports.

Reporting a theft to police in 1952, Turing was forced to fabricate details of the account to conceal his relationship with a man.

Asked to repeat the account a week later by police, Turing was unable to accurately remember some of those fabricated details, Allen Green writes.

On realising his lies had been exposed, the brilliant mathematician produced a five-page letter admitting untruths as well as describing graphic details of his homosexual relationship.

The statement was enough for police to convict Turing and arrest his partner.

Read: How codebreaker Turing helped save Britain in WWII

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