Gin launched to honour girl who worked at Bletchley Park in 2nd World struggle




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Gin launched to honour woman who worked at Bletchley Park in Second World War

About honour
Honour (or honor in American English) is the idea of a bond between an individual and a society as a quality of a person that is both of social teaching and of personal ethos, that manifests itself as a code of conduct, and has various elements such as valor, chivalry, honesty, and compassion. It is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or institution such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Accordingly, individuals (or institutions) are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large.
Samuel Johnson, in his A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), defined honour as having several senses, the first of which was “nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness”.
This sort of honour derives from the perceived virtuous conduct and personal integrity of the person endowed with it. On the other hand, Johnson also defined honour in relationship to “reputation” and “fame”; to “privileges of rank or birth”, and as “respect” of the kind which “places an individual socially and determines his right to precedence”. This sort of honour is often not so much a function of moral or ethical excellence, as it is a consequence of power. Finally, with respect to sexuality, honour has traditionally been associated with (or identical to) “chastity” or “virginity”, or in case of married men and women, “fidelity”. Some have argued that honour should be seen more as a rhetoric, or set of possible actions, than as a code.


A spirits firm formed by three brothers, has released a special gin honouring their aunt who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

Gin launched to honour woman who worked at Bletchley Park in Second World War

Brothers Simon, Rupert, and George Duke, who are owners of La Quinta, Hadleigh, went into the spirits industry two years ago with the aim of creating upmarket, super premium spirits.

G I Spirit Group Limited, named after parents, George and Ida Duke, is based in Hadleigh.

After successfully releasing flavoured tequilas, and premium vodka, the Dukes decided to move onto gin.

Five months on and “Jillions Gin” was born.

Rupert Duke explained the inspiration behind it.

He said: “Our Auntie Margie – Margaret Jillion – worked on cracking the German Enigma code with everybody at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

“She was then the first woman to get into MI5.

“She was a realy strong woman. We wanted to do something for our mum (who was Margaret’s sister) and we were hunting through old stuff when my daughter, Gina, came across Auntie Margie’s ration card.

“We thought it would be a great tribute to our Auntie Margie – who died of breast cancer in the late 1970s – to name the gin, Jillions Gin.

“And with the help of our graphic designer, we used Auntie Margie’s ration card for the label on the bottle.

“Also. our grandma was a suffragette so empowering women was the route we wanted to take with this, and to celebrate that.”

The brothers ensure they are meticulous when creating the recipes with their distillers and plan to release some new gin flavours in the run up to Christmas.

The recipes were finalised last week.

Rupert added: “It’s unbelievable how the slightest difference in a mixture can change the whole recipe.

“It’s not easy.

“We can’t believe how well things are going. Our 88 Vodka has just won a Masters Award in the Spirit Business and Drinks Business Magazines in the Super Premium section.”

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