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 Military Intelligence at Whitehall, decoding top secret messages for Churchill’s 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 one 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.
Christina J. (Chisolm) Morrison, the middle child in a family of ten, was brought up in Innes Street, Inverness, in the 1920s and 30s. The Chisolm’s was a happy and lively household; her father was Pipe Major of the Royal British Legion Inverness, her brothers were also pipers and Christina and her sisters were dancers.
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. Sadly, Christina died in January 2016 at the age of 96, just before the book was published. Christina was a determined, courageous lady with a great love of life and a talented writer who was very much looking forward to seeing her first book published.