War heroine Rhoda dies at 98

June 29 2018

A WOMAN whose work helped save hundreds of lives in World War Two has died two days before her 99th birthday.

Rhoda Amine, from Frenchay, was born in Edinburgh on May 15, 1919. She was educated in Shanghai and her good friend there was the ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn.

Rhoda spoke several languages and was fluent in Arabic and French. 

During the war she worked at the GEC research labs in Wembley and had top-secret dealinds with   Bletchley Park. Her job was to convert German communications from AM to FM frequency.

Rhoda also played a part in the inventioon and use of a vital piece of machinery, which is stil held in the Science Museum in London.

She went on to teach at schools all over the world, including in Cairo and Lebanon, and wrote a book about these experiences. She moved to Bristol in recent years to be near family and was an active member of the Begbrook Retirement Club at Greenfinch Lodge.

Shortly before her death on May 13, Rhoda received a letter from her MP, Kerry McCarthy, praising her war efforts and her work supporting the post-war Labour Government.

Anyone who contributed to the war effort deserves recognituon, and  it's great to see that one of my constituents undertook such valuable work at such as important time in the history of our country – and indeed the world,” Ms McCarthy wrote.