by Christina J. Morrison
Christina J. Morrison, the middle child in a family of ten, was brought up in Innes Street, Inverness, in the 1930s. She joined the ATS in 1939 and when war broke out was posted to London, where she worked in Code and Cipher at the War Office. After the war she moved to the Isle of Skye with her husband and raised a family, whilst continuing to work as a legal secretary. Now 96, Christina is delighted at becoming an author, one of the few things she had not until now achieved in her long and full life. Contents: Christina began her working life at the Town Clerk’s office in Inverness. She was involved in the very early days of the Highlands’ Tourist Board and worked for the Fitness Council in the nascent Outward Bound Movement led by its famous founder Kurt Hahn. Christina joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service just before the outbreak of World War II. Once war was declared, Christina was instructed to go to London, where she discovered that she would be working for Intelligence Services at Whitehall, decoding top secret messages for the government. Christina’s memory of the details of some of this work is extraordinary. Many of the messages she decoded related to events which, in hindsight, proved to be of great historical significance. Christina’s tales of her adventures in wartime London (including meeting Winston Churchill in his pyjamas!) are a fascinating first-hand account of a by-gone era, retold with modesty and humour.
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Islands Book Trust, 2016
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm