Friday, February 18, 2011

Box 111
Bletchley Park

(Post 47)

Undercover addresses were used during WWII to conceal the identity and purpose of an establishment. Bletchley Park, an estate in the town of Bletchley, in Buckinghanshire, was the site of Britain's main code breaking establishments, the Government Code and Cypher School. Bletchley Park was allocated undercover address  P.O. Box 111, Bletchley.

The covers shown below were mailed from India to Box 111, Bletchley.

Security handstamp 410, February 14, 1944
2 1/2 as. concession surface letter rate to England

July 4, 1945 to P.O. Box 111
8 as. forces air mail rate

1942 Mail to Bletchley 
Not Addressed to Box 111

The cover below mailed from Alexandria, Egypt, October 11, 1942, was addressed to L/Cpl. E Kirkman, "Rhonnda House", Bletchley, and not to Box 111, Bletchley. According to Bletchley Park records, L/Cpl. Kirkman was stationed at Bletchley and worked in Hut 5, Hut 7, Block C, and Hut 16 (Intelligence Centre) (Cover Management Team).

Mailed from H.M. Ship, October 9, 1942 to "Rhonnda House", Bletchley
Egypt Postage Prepaid 6 handstamp (Alexandria), October 11, 1942

1 comment:

  1. You've shared the Postal cover, it's great. And I like your cover.
    Thank you very much for sharing