Audrey Ruth Briggs

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Audrey Ruth Churchill (née Briggs) (1920–2005) was a cryptanalyst at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.[1] She graduated in Modern Languages from Cambridge and from 1942-1945, as an expert in German, worked at Bletchley Park as a member of the Z Watch, which translated the decrypted messages.[2][3][4][5][6] She worked variously in Huts 4 and 5, Block A(N), and Naval Section NS I - German Cryptography.[4]

In 1946 she married former SOE Officer Major Oliver Churchill DSO MC in Worcester Cathedral where her father GW Briggs was a Canon, and her oldest son is Toby Churchill.


  1. ^ Codebreakers – The inside story of Bletchley Park, edited by F. H. Hinsley and Alan Stripp, Oxford University Press
  2. ^ Bletchley Park Roll of Honour
  3. ^ Roland Oliver (2013), In the Realms of Gold, Routledge, pp. 35–38, ISBN 9781134571710 
  4. ^ a b Bletchley Park Research : Women Codebreakers
  5. ^ Women Were Key to WWII Code-Breaking at Bletchley Park
  6. ^ The Bletchley Girls Tessa Dunlop, Hodder & Stoughton,