Saturday, 25 September 2021

PA took down minister?s story of his escape from Colditz

BARBARA TURLEY was born in July 1920 in Chelsea and lived there until the end of the Fifties

BARBARA TURLEY was born in July 1920 in Chelsea and lived there until the end of the Fifties.

She met Cyril in her teens and they married in 1940 before Cyril was posted to north Africa.

Barbara worked throughout the war and was a fire watcher during the Blitz.

In 1959, the couple moved to Shiplake with their two boys and Barbara continued to work in London.

She took employment with some very interesting companies. She was the personal assistant to the managing director of Express Dairies and spent some time working for a large firm of London solicitors.

An unusual opportunity arose when she was asked by Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave to take down in shorthand the personal story about his escape from Colditz, which was then published under the title They Have Their Exits.

Once Barbara had decided to give up commuting, she worked locally for Richard Todd, Francis Pollen and then Metal Box. She was on the committee from the start of the Henley Midnight Matinée, an annual charity fund-raising event.

She was also an active member of the National Council for Women, where she took the role of chairman.

Barbara and Cyril?s parties, when they were in Shiplake, and latterly when they moved to Henley, were always appreciated by their wide range of friends.

After Cyril passed away in 2010, Barbara remained in her house in Henley for a further three years. For the last two years she lived in a residential home close to one of her sons in Beaconsfield, as she had begun to suffer from dementia.

The funeral will take place on Monday, March 16 at 1.45pm at Milton Chapel, Whielden lane, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0ND.

Family flowers only. Donations can be made to: Alzheimer?s Research UK, c/o Arnold Funeral Service, 32 Gregories Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1HQ.

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