23 December 2021, The Tablet

Word from the Cloisters: Voices of the Spirit

Word from the Cloisters: Voices of the Spirit


SISTER PAMELA HUSSEY, who would have been 100 on 7 January, died peacefully on 13 December in Apley Grange, the Harrogate care home of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

“Mine might be described as a life of two halves or, more accurately, of two continents, South America and Europe,” Pamela herself once wrote. Though her parents were English, she was born and brought up in Buenos Aires. In November 1942, at the age of twenty, she sailed from Argentina to Britain to “do her bit” for the war effort. In 2018, when she was 96, a delegation from the French Embassy arrived at Apley Grange. The community gathered around as Pamela was presented with the Légion d’Honneur – France’s highest honour – for her service during the war. Her work and those of her fellow code-breakers at Bletchley Park had saved many lives.

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