A Framlingham Second World War veteran received a special delivery from Prime Minister David Cameron this week as she was recognised for her code-breaking contribution during the conflict.
Liz Austin, 87, who was born in Framlingham and has spent most of her life in Suffolk, has been honoured with a commemorative badge and certificate for her work during the war at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.
“I was amazed and very proud to receive the badge,” she said. “Working during the war at such a young age was hard, with very long hours, working through the night and lots of secrecy.
“After some encouragement and persuasion from Care UK colleagues here at Mills Meadow, I decided to tell my story and claim the badge as I would like to pass it onto my grandchildren.”
Mrs Austin was called up to join the war aged 17 on her last day of school.
She trained at Bletchley Park, learning how to use cyphering and encryption machines, before being based at the Eastcote Outstation in Middlesex to help decipher German codes and forward them to Bletchley Park.
Mrs Austin, who joined the Wrens during the war from 1943 before working as a potter in Sudbury and marrying her husband, John, now lives at the Mills Meadow care home on Fore Street, Framlingham.