Last year was a fantastic year for the development of the Codebreakers’ Wall. By the end of 2017 over 1000 bricks had been sponsored and a digital version of the wall was launched on the Bletchley Park website. The digital version of the Codebreakers’ Wall allows website visitors to easily locate a brick and view the individual messages to be attributed to them. These personal messages, some of which have been submitted by Veterans themselves, are both touching and inspiring. To view the digital wall click here.
The stories behind the bricks show how important the Codebreakers Wall is to brick sponsors and their families. At the September 1940’s weekend event, brick sponsor Ian Bond gathered with his family to see his Grandfather’s brick on our Codebreakers wall for the first time. He describes why he and his family decided to sponsor a brick:
‘We sponsored a brick to remember our Grandfather Ernest Bond who served as a Wireless Operator in the Royal Signals at mobile Y-Stations in India for 3 and a half years during the war. Until a year ago we were totally unaware as a family he had any connection with Bletchley or in fact anything about what he did during the war. It took a chance finding of his Morse code book which mentioned Enigma, to prompt a year of research of what he did and where he went. Getting a brick in his name felt the perfect bookend to that fascinating journey of discovery. Ernest died in 1988 not mentioning his work to anyone including his daughter Angela, but it was particularly poignant for us when reading his release testimonial as the family gathered to see the brick for the first time, to hear his character described in his war record “extremely conscientious, hard working and efficient. These qualities and his carefree disposition have combined to make him a credit to his unit. and therefore to link it to the Father and Grandfather that we knew.’
You can view Ernest Bond’s brick here.
The next set of named bricks will be installed on the physical wall surrounding codebreaking Hut 8 in Spring 2018. Everyone has a different reason for sponsoring a Brick on the Codebreakers’ Wall and your donations make a real difference to the ongoing development of the museum. All money raised goes towards keeping the story of Bletchley Park and its Outstations alive for generations to come. Become a part of history and Sponsor a Brick on the Codebreakers’ Wall.
Bletchley Park is grateful to everyone involved in this project.