Leslie Yoxall

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Albert Leslie Yoxall (18 May 1914 – 30 September 2005) was a British codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II. He devised a method to assist in solving Enigma messages which was dubbed Yoxallismus. After the war he worked at GCHQ until the mid-1970s.

Early life

Yoxall was born in Salford, and was the youngest out of four brothers. His father died young in a tramway accident. Leslie Yoxall was educated at Manchester Grammar School from 1925 and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge from 1933, graduating with first-class honours. He received his doctorate in 1941.

On the outbreak of war, Yoxall returned to teach at Manchester Grammar SchoolHugh Sebag-Montefiore, Enigma: The Battle for the Code, 2000, ISBN 0-7538-1130-8, p. 296.

Codebreaking at Bletchley Park

In April 1941, Gordon Welchman wrote to Yoxall advising him that he would soon be asked to help with "war work". In due course, Yoxall was invited to join Bletchley Park and was,...
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