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Gwen Hollington
Born Eleanor Gwendoline Paxton
(1919-02-01)February 1, 1919
Died June 12, 2014(2014-06-12) (aged 95)
Nationality British
Education Roedean School
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Occupation Civilian translator
Years active 1941–1945
Organization Government Code and Cypher School, Bletchley Park
Spouse(s) Barrie Hollington

Eleanor Gwendoline Hollington, née Paxton (1 February 1919 — 12 June 2014) was a Cambridge graduate in Modern and Medieval Languages who worked as a civilian translator for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park from 1941 to 1945.

Born on 1 February 1919, Gwen Paxton won a scholarship to Roedean School and went on to study French and German at Girton College, Cambridge. During her studies she spent a year at the University of Freiburg to improve her German.[1] At Cambridge she earned blues in lacrosse and lawn tennis.[2]

In an interview in 2011 she stated: "Before the war I had lived in Germany for a year studying at Freiburg as part of my degree and I made a lot of friends. A lot of the Germans I knew were charming, so it was difficult to think of them as the enemy."[3]

Upon graduation she was recruited to work as a civilian translator at Hut 4, Bletchley Park, translating decrypted German naval communications into English. She worked there for four years, while billeted with a family in Woburn Sands.

After the war she worked for a publishing company as a literary assistant. She married Barrie Hollington (died 1964) with whom she had five children. She herself died on 12 June 2014.[4]


  1. Obituary in The Times, June 25, 2014. Accessed 17 November 2014.
  2. Old Roedeanean Obituary, 26 June 2014. Accessed 17 November 2014.
  3. Katie Linsell, Bletchley Park remembered by Harpenden woman, in the Hertfordshire Advertiser, March 13, 2011. Accessed 17 November 2014.
  4. Obituary in The Times, June 25, 2014. Accessed 17 November 2014.

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