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Memoirs of Room 40 (naval code-breaking unit) by Walter Horace Bruford (b. 1894), member of Naval Intelligence Division in World War I., 1914 - 1918

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MISC 20

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The collection comprises a wide variety of material from a number of different sources which have been deemed too small to be considered individual collections in their own right and have been grouped together under the heading "miscellaneous". Subjects covered include First and Second World Wars, the Falklands Campaign, and recollections of Sir Winston Churchill.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1918

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Some material within the collection is closed to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Horace Bruford was born in Manchester in 1894. Educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, he served with the Royal Navy cryptographic intelligence division in Room 40 at the Admiralty during World War I.

He went on to become a lecturer in German at Aberdeen University and the University of Edinburgh.

He was seconded to the Foreign Office during World War II, 1939–1943, to work at Bletchley Park. From 1951 he was Schröder Professor of German at the University of Cambridge until 1961.

He died in 1988, aged 93


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Related Materials

We have a number of collections relating to Room 40, including The Papers of Alexander Guthrie Denniston (DENN) and The Papers of William F Clarke (CLKE)

Finding aid date

2002-06-24 15:27:41+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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