Warm tributes paid to Bletchley Park veteran

Margaret Holton
Margaret Holton
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A Bletchley Park veteran who adventured around the world has died in hospital following a car accident last month.

Margaret Holton, 89, of New Road, Greens Norton, died in University Hospital Coventry on Sunday following the accident on the A43 at the Tiffield turn near Towcester on September 19.

Mrs Holton, who leaves a son, daughter, sister and brother, had lived in the village for more than 50 years and was a well-known character. She was a founding member of the Fifty-Plus group, serving as the club’s secretary for more than 25 years, and was speaker’s secretary until the recent AGM. Group chairman Ann Lawrence paid tribute to her yesterday and said: “She was a very friendly, outgoing person, quite remarkable for her age.

“She was an independent traveller and gave talks to the group about her travels in various parts of the world.

“She was a very friendly person and made friends wherever she went.”

A member of the WRAF during the Second World War, Mrs Holton spent the later years of the conflict serving at Bletchley Park as a teletypist.

According to family members, she did not speak often about her role at the famous wartime codebreaking centre but was proud to have been part of something so important.

After the war, Mrs Holton settled in Greens Norton with her first husband Ray Bignell.

They lived in the village together in New Road, raising two children, until his death in the 1990s.

Mrs Holton later remarried, having met and rekindled her romance with her childhood sweetheart Ernie Holton, who had also been widowed.

Mr and Mrs Holton enjoyed 10 years of marriage before his death in 2009. But, Mrs Holton’s inquisitive nature, as described by her family, led her on many adventures as she explored exotic destinations around the world.

She visited the likes of the Australian outback, the Himalayas, explored India’s silk route and, more recently, enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise. In fact Mrs Holton was running errands to prepare for her next trip to Bournemouth when she was involved in the accident which ultimately took her life.

Greens Norton resident Stephanie Ince said: “She was an adventurous lady who had these incredible holidays. She was amazing. She had a very long and full life.”

Mrs Holton’s funeral will take place at the village’s St Bartholomew’s Church, on Friday, October 25, at 11am.