94 year old Stalybridge great grandmother reveals her role as a wartime codebreaker

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Ninety four year old great grandmother from Stalybridge, Eileen Parkhome has broken her silence about working as a codebreaker in the second world war.

She has lived with the secret for decades before finally speaking about her role deciphering coded messages. At 22 she signed up to the women's Royal Naval Service after her RAF pilot husband was presumed dead after he went missing in action.

Eileen was trained to operate a telex machine and decoder and was then sent to the Admirality in London before being posted to Malta in October 1944, where she sent, received and passed on coded messages by teleprinter and coded machines. She met her second husband whilst in malta whilst greiving for the loss of her first husband. Her second husband was also in the RAF and they married in September 1944 before returning to England when victory was declared in 1945.

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