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Fri, 14 Feb 2020
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Valentine's Day

Amidst the long shifts and hard work taking place at Bletchley Park relationships still blossomed and often led to long, and happy, marriages. Although bound by secrecy not to disclose any information about their work, many couples who saw each other only occasionally on site could still meet outside work hours at dances or arrange to spend their free time together in the gardens of Woburn Abbey. In an environment where women outnumbered men quite considerably, the competition was sometimes on to find an eligible bachelor. However, in the backdrop of war the uncertain future of any relationship was ever present and sometimes made for a bittersweet romance.

The Bletchley Park Roll of Honour lists all those believed to have worked in signals intelligence during World War Two, at Bletchley Park and other locations. Search the Roll of Honour to find out more about each Veteran in this Collections uncovered.

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1 / 10WAAF Eleanor Milnes was a Morse Slip Reader while at Bletchley Park. In September 1945 she married Edward Fell, an Army Sergeant. Here the couple stand outside the church in Ilkeston on their wedding day. Eleanor wears a horseshoe and wooden spoons round her waist. The horseshoe is a symbol of good luck often seen at weddings, and the wooden spoon was traditionally given to a bride to help her prepare good food for her husband.
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