Capt Jerry Roberts' Memorial Service

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On 4 June 2014, a Memorial Service for Capt Jerry Roberts MBE was held in St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.

The achievements of Capt Raymond "Jerry" Roberts MBE, Codebreaker in the Testery were recalled in a touching Memorial Service led by the Reverend Katherine Hedderly.

Professor Susanne Kord, Lord Charles Brockett, and Sir John Scarlett spoke of Jerry's work and achievements through a long life that passed from linguist, code-breaker, war crimes investigator, market research entrepreneur and culminated in his tireless campaign to ensure that the code-breakers of Bletchley Park would be remembered by future generations.

Jerry's fondness of classical music was reflected in the Choir's singing of Mozart's Laudate Dominium and Brahm's Geistliches Lied.

Jerry's grandsons, Ben and Sammy Sarfras, performed a remarkable jazz-influenced version of We'll Meet Again to a backdrop of a photo montage of Jerry's life compiled by his loving wife Mei.

After a reading from Dora Roberts, a tribute and reading by Jerry and Mei's daughter Chao, and closing music of Ode by Brad Mehldau played by Ben Safras on violin accompanied by Mark Edwards on piano, the congregation retired to the Crypt to reflect on and celebrate the long and hugely productive and influential life of Capt Raymond "Jerry" Roberts MBE.

Anyone wishing to contribute to a planned annual Jerry Roberts Code Breaking Workshop at his old school Latymer Upper School may do so online here.

We at The National Museum of Computing will greatly miss Jerry's recounting of his code-breaking days and his determination to ensure that the story of the breaking of Lorenz, Hitler's vital secret cipher, is properly told. He has been an irreplaceable key source of knowledge for the displays in the Tunny and Colossus Galleries.

TNMOC's tribute to Capt Roberts is here and a series of video clips of Jerry recalling various code-breaking activities can be found here.

Leaving Trafalgar Square, some of us wondered if Jerry's vision of a statue of Bill Tutte on the Fourth Plinth would ever come to fruition. It should!

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