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 BCfm documentary specials 
 Describes his education in Bristol and witnessing Hitler's rise to power in Germany
 wrong spelling is Harry Beckough
 Bristol Broadband Co-operative  
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Harry Beckhough
Lt Col, Royal Artillery. Combined Bureau Middle East, North Africa; Inter-Service
Wireless Intellignce Centre, New Delhi and Intelligence School ‘C’, Calcutta. 1942 –
One vivid memory: early in 1943 I was ordered to Calcutta as Bletchley Park’s OC
Intelligence School ‘C’, supposedly fully manned and equipped to connect with
General Bill Slim’s 14th (Burma) Army. Small units of Royal Signals and RAF short-
wave listening posts were taking down Japanese cipher messages at speed.
Fortunately the Japanese used Morse code.
We collected all messages daily, derived all possible information for Bill Slim, and
transmitted messages back to HQ near Dehli.
Unfortunately Intelligence School ‘C’ (which I pretended was a college) was literally
empty except for eight lonely trucks and a Jeep – it had neither officers nor men. So I
was in sole charge until BP sent me an RAF junior officer. But with the aid of Area HQ I
managed to persuade Army regiments to send me drivers, who were duly sworn to
secrecy on their daily journeys into our Burma listening posts, carrying me, their
precious cargo.
We had some exciting adventures and escapes until mid 1945 when we closed
Intelligence School ‘C’, and the associated Officers’ and Other Ranks’ Messes. These
had always been full of visitors to and from Burma, pleased to rest in proper beds, drink
and eat and tell all their stories. They called my Intelligence School “Beck’s Hotel”
where they could have a real bath and the special privilege of pulling a lavatory chain!
Life then was very real and ‘down to earth’.

Harry Beckhough’s autobiography “Thinker Tailor Soldier Spy” can be bought from the
Bletchley Park shop.

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