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101-year-old honoured for work with WW2 secret code

Diana Fawkes is being awarded for helping to break secret codes during WW2 Credit: ITV Meridian

A 101-year-old woman from Winchester has been honoured for the work she did helping to break top secret German codes during world war two.

Diana Fawkes was one of the first people to move to Bletchley Park when it opened in 1938.

Now her role has been recognised with a special award from the Government.


Cyril, 97, tells how he survived Hiroshima atomic bomb

It's 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima - and one man from our region has been describing how he survived the blast - JUST.

Cyril Bartlett, 97, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, had been a prisoner of war since the fall of Singapore in 1942. He told Richard Slee his remarkable story.

Memorial to thousands of air crew who lost their lives during World War Two

It's a memorial to honour tens of thousands of aircrew who lost their lives during World War Two - but now those behind the site of a huge spire and memorial say they need public help.

The charity behind what will soon be known as the 'International Bomber Command Centre' says is wants to trace all of the surviving veterans - so each can be personally invited to a grand opening of the site later this year.

Kate Hemingway's report begins with the story of Geoffrey Whittle - one surviving veteran.

German aviator forever linked with the town of Gravesend

Aviator became the first and only German prisoner of war to escape from Britain. Credit: ITV News Meridian

A town in Kent is honouring its links to a unique piece of wartime history. A plaque and information board in Gravesend will remember the exploits of the only German prisoner to have escaped from Britain in both world wars. Derek Johnson reports.


'I had excellent hearing. They used me to hear the torpedoes coming. It was horrible'

George with his treasured medal Credit: ITV

A World War Two hero of the Arctic convoys has finally been presented with his campaign medal after 70 years.

George Morris from Hungerford was 21 when he sailed on what Winston Churchill called "the worst journey in the world".

More than 3,000 British and Allied sailors were killed as they carried vital aid to Russia. The Arctic Star medal was created two years ago after a long campaign to recognise their efforts.

Dover's wartime tunnels open to the public

The tunnels provide glimpses of wartime life Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A labyrinth of forgotten Second World War tunnels built beneath the White Cliffs of Dover have revealed glimpses of wartime life. The Fan Bay Deep Shelter was carved out of chalk in just 100 days in the 1940s on Winston Churchill's orders. It was part of Dover's connected offensive and defensive gun batteries, aimed at foiling German shipping movements in the Channel.

Lying 75ft below the Kent coastline, the 3,500 sq feet of interconnecting tunnels, reinforced with iron girders and metal sheeting, accommodated four officers and up to 185 men during the war.

The shelter - personally inspected by Churchill in 1941 - was decommissioned in the 1950s before being filled in with rubble and soil and abandoned during the 1970s.

War relic rescued from rubbish tip

This German range finder was used during the Second World War Credit: Buckinghamshire County Council

A war relic has been rescued from a rubbish tip in Buckinghamshire.

The German range finder was used to target Allied tanks during the Second World War.

It was originally handed in anonymously to a recyling plant at Bledlow Ridge.

"It was brilliant. We do receive quite a few donations, but to get something like this was very good. It is something unusual for children to see and to be able to hold when they visit our site. In a lot of museums, everything is behind glass, but here, you can pick things up."

– Phil Knight, a trustee of the children's centre

Old soldier who was famous for a post-war mission...

A war hero's funeral was held today. He was an old soldier who became famous for a daring post-war mission...

Bernard Jordan sparked a police operation last year when - aged 90 - he slipped out of his Sussex care home to attend D-Day commemorations in France. He died in December - and his wife Irene passed away a few days later.

Today they were laid to rest at a funeral service in Brighton.

Andy Dickenson reports.

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