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Alan M. Turing, Second Edition by Lyn Irvine, John F. Turing, Sara Turing

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7

War Work in the Foreign Office

We had given up our home in Guildford in March 1939, and being mostly on the move until war broke out we saw little of Alan: during the next six years he could spend only snatches of leave with us, for immediately on the declaration of war he was taken on as a temporary Civil Servant in the Foreign Office, in the Department of Communications.

As a “back-room boy” he was not allowed to enlist, though he served for a time in the Home Guard. At first even his whereabouts were kept secret, but later it was divulged that he was working at Bletchley Park, Bletchley. No hint was ever given of the nature of his secret work, nor has it ever been revealed. The enforced silence concerning his work quite ruined him as ...

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