Monday , June 21 2021

Baroness Trumpington Dead – Tributes to Bletchley codebreaker and veteran politician who has died aged 96

TRIBUTES are pouring into Baroness Trumpington, the veteran Tory politician and Bletchley codebreaker who has died at the age of 96.

Jean Barker's son Adam confirmed her death in a humorous Tweet this evening, just one year after her retirement.

I posted a photo of her pass, writing: "My mother passed away this afternoon in her sleep. She did not make it to October 2022 (100) … but she had a bloody good innings."

The English Conservative politician was born Jean Barker, an heiress of a Chicago paint manufacturer.

For years to New York socialite, Jean met William Alan Barker, a British Army officer, who was wounded in Normandy on June 16, 1944.

He offered to go back to her with London, and they became engaged in October 1953.

She was forced to apply for a license to the Solicitor-General to become the first couple in modern times to hold a wedding at the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, which took place on March 18, 1954.

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