October 30. Navy officer played key role in Bletchley Park success. Roll of Honour

Alan Bradshaw, Paymaster Captain. CBE. RN. Served 1916 – 38. He was recalled to serve 1939 – 45 when he played a key role in the success of Bletchley Hall where the German naval Enigma Code was deciphered. A former student of Royal School Dungannon, he was recalled on the outbreak of war in 1939 by the Admiralty Intelligence Department to take charge of the Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. In today’s Roll remembrance of William Beggs, a Royal Marine from Belfast who fought in Gallipoli and the defence of Antwerp in WW1 died in 1916 at Beaumont Hamel, France. Three men who emigrated to Canada fell in 1917 with the forces of their adopted country. One of them, John Cooke from Donagheady was awarded the Military Medal posthumously. Another, John Shaw had served in the North Irish Horse before he emigrated. The Company Quartermaster Sergeant is named on the war memorial in St Patrick’s Parish Church, Kilwaughter, Cairncastle. 19-year-old Basil Pollock, a member of the Scout Troop, who left Campbell College in 1939, died piloting his plane over Norway in 1940. David Tees a naval reserve officer from HMS Caroline died in a plane crash on way to a new post in Malta. Four who died on this date in Italy in 1943 include William James Warren of Ballymena and John White from Belfast.

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