Patricia and Jean Owtram

Patricia & Jean Owtram – Two sisters who worked at Bletchly Park to break the Enigma Code

Both sisters worked decoding messages during the Second World War. Patricia joined the WRNS at Y stations in Yorkshire and the South coast, listening for enemy messages and translating and decoding them. Jean joined FANY, but worked as a cipher, supporting the Special Operations Executive in Egypt and Italy, decoding messages from spies and informants and sending coded messages. After the war Patricia became a journalist, working for the BBC and Jean was instrumental in setting up Lancaster University.

Patricia received the Legion d’honneur in June 2019. You can watch an intimate conversation with her following the ceremony entitled Tea For Two.

For more information about Patricia & Jean visit – Owtram Sisters