Audrey Wind – WW2 codebreaker

Folkestone woman, 92, who was one of Britain’s last codebreakers in war against the Nazis has died
aged 92
A secret codebreaker from Folkestone who helped shorten the Second World War has died aged 92.
Audrey Wind was one of the country’s last remaining codebreakers who helped crack the Nazi Enigma code and intercepted Hitler’s messages.
She led an undercover life living at the famous Bletchley Park, and was part of a team that intercepted Hitler’s communication codes detailing his attacks and military operations – which were then sent to Sir Winston Churchill

Secret mission

Living in a Victorian mansion in Buckinghamshire, the codebreakers’ mission was so secret that they were forbidden from discussing their work with their husbands, wives, or parents.
Miss Wind was one of the last remaining wartime codebreakers who were recognised for their achievements by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown – with their intelligence credited for shortening the war
Her nephew and last living relative Colin Stokes will be conducting her funeral on Wednesday (August 23) and remembers her as being “talented and adorable, but could be very difficult”.
Miss Wind passed away on Friday, August 4 after suffering from an earlier fall.

Official Secrets Act
He said: “She read every single word in the newspaper, and had to correct every single error. She had a mindset that made her a good codebreaker.
“She could be maddening – things had to be absolutely precise.”
After joining the Woman’s Royal Naval Service as an 18-year-old in 1944, Miss Wind was sent to Scotland for two weeks training before being told she was going to take part in a top secret mission.
Out of 200 recruits, Miss Wind and five others had failed the training programme – but were soon told they were the chosen ones and told to sign the Official Secrets Act.
‘She never uttered a word of it’
Nephew Mr Stokes adds: “They were obviously looking for a particular type of intellect – she was always addicted to cryptic crosswords.
“At the end of the war, all of her contemporaries came back with medals, stories to tell and promotions.
“She had no medals, no stories to tell and no promotions – that must have been really hard.”
He added: “She never uttered a word of it, and said it was a dull clerical job. But it was a crucial job. Winston Churchill said they reduced the war by several years because of their information.


“She used to appear home sometimes in a uniform – no-one in the family knew what she did or where she worked.”
The story was eventually leaked into the public domain, and after the war Miss Wind went onto become the Harvey Grammar School secretary – a role she held from 1946 to 1984.
Miss Wind is today honoured on an oval plaque at the school alongside three other codebreakers.
She is remembered for her efficiency, and according to her nephew was replaced by a team of five when she retired.

After the war she also gave talks about her time at Bletchley Park, where she donated her fees to Pilgrims Hospice – raising £6,000 throughout her lifetime.

Her funeral will be held at Hawkinge Crematorium on Wednesday (August 23), with donations going to Pilgrims Hospice.


‘Record A Level results’ for the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone

Pupils scored the “best results ever” in this year’s A Level results, one headteacher has said.

Students at Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, bagged 68 per cent of grades between A*- B, up six per on last year.

Headteacher Scott Norman welcomed the news and praised hardworking pupils.

He said: “Our post 16 outcomes this year are our best ever and to have achieved this in a year when when and students found themselves needing to adapt to the changes made to A Level study is highly impressive.

“The hard work and dedication of our staff and students never ceases to amaze me.”

It comes after the Government introduced a raft of ‘updated’ subjects ranging from ancient history to philosophy and statistics.

Under the new measures, students face less coursework and all exams at the end of Year-13, with AS-levels not contributing to the overall grade.

Smiles abounded at the Cheriton Road school after pupils opened their brown envelopes following a three month wait for their grade.

Joseph Horsnell, 18, swept up with 3As and 1A*, now he’s off to study International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

He said: “Opening the envelope was a pleasant surprise, it’s nice to see all of my work coming to fruition.

“I’m going to St Andrews.

“I’m really interested in politics, especially with Brexit on the horizon and Donald Trump, I think it will be interesting to study something that is fluid.”


RIP Audrey Wind

More sad news – just heard from an old boy that Audrey Wind has passed away. Audrey worked at the school from 1948 until 1985 and was then a regular at the Annual Dinners until very recently. RIP

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Dick Young e-mailed me with the news. He thinks that Ted was 93.

Old Harveians Annual Dinner 2017

Just a reminder that the OLd Harveians Annual Dinner this year is 02 December. More information and Booking Form to follow

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From Phil Harding…

Just to let you know that Old Harveian Garry Ratcliffe will feature on BBC’s DIY SOS this evening. Garry attended The Harvey from 1984 to 1991. He is a primary school headteacher in Dartford. Garry and his partner live on the Isle of Sheppey and care for four youngsters with highly complex needs.
The programme is on BBC1 at 8.55.

Gurkha Concert 25 March

The Gurkha Concert was a great night with a wide selection of music, singing from a band member and also from opera singer Judith Colman and two dances by the Gurkhas including the famous Kukhri dance. Proceeds from the evening were split between the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the OHA for the benefit of the school.

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Gurkha Concert 25 March

Gurkha Concert 25 March only 1 week to go. There are still some tickets available for this event. Open to the public as well as Old Harveians and Gurkhas. Contact John Oliver 01303 251403 or e-mail

The Gurkha concert…

It has been confirmed that the Gurkhas will be performing their famous kukri knife dance during their concert at the school. This event is now only two weeks away on 25 March. Some tickets are still available from John Oliver tel: 01303 251403 or e-mail