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Jean Annette Watters (Nee Briggs)


Jean was born in Bury St Edmunds and joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) as soon as she turned 18. She worked at Eastcote, a satellite of Bletchley Park, operating the machines which helped the Allies crack encrypted German messages. Her work was so secret that she did not tell her family about it for 30 years. Her husband remembered, ‘I turned to Jeanie and I said “you mean to tell me after six children, dragging you all over the world, you couldn’t tell me?” and she says “No, I signed the Official Secrets Act and I couldn’t.”’



  • John Watters

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier / Assistant Operations Officer | 94th Bomb Group
    John’s military career took him from horse-drawn field artillery to command of a missile squadron. During his service of 30 years, he commanded seven units. After transferring to the Army Air Corps during the Second World War, he flew as a bombardier...

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  • Eastcote

    Military site : non-airfield
    During the war the area between Eastcote Road and Lime Grove was known as HMS Pembroke and supported operations at Bletchley Park (encryption and code-breaking). After the war Pembroke's role was as GCHQ until the move to Cheltenham. ...

  • American Air Museum

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Born Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK
Died Omaha, Nebraska 15 September 2018


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17 August 2018 09:56:46 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, biography, events, person associations and place associations

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