Audrey Phillips, 85, had been married to Glyn Phillips for 64 years, she was clearing his paperwork after he died in 2015 and discovered records that exposed the truth about the work he did in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, after they married. Audrey remembered Glyn as a family man and civil engineer who enjoyed playing football for his local side. Two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren were born to the marriage. However, documents show that he worked at the national security services after being pulled out of school in 1944 due to his photographic recall and began working for a secret mission.
Part of the Truth
Audrey Phillips, a retired economics teacher, led a quiet a simple existence with his spouse. She admired her husband and considered him to be one of the best decisions she’d ever made.
Despite the fact that they were not wealthy, she was satisfied with her life and everything she had. So it hit her like a ton of bricks when everything she thought she knew about their carefree existence turned out to be wrong.
She Felt Something Off About Him
They started their relationship in a bar. According to Audrey, when she first encountered Glyndwyr, she noticed a peculiar aura around him. However, she rapidly felt at ease and relaxed in his company.
Of course, the way he gazed at her as if she were the only girl in the world was what made her become more and more interested. It wasn’t long until Audrey started wanting to spend all her time by his side.
When They Were Dating
When Aubrey and Glyndwyr met each other, they rapidly discovered that what they were feeling was new for both. They’d never felt anything like what they were feeling for another individual and as a matter of fact both became in love for the first time in their lives.
After that, they went on several dates together, touring the city together. Even though Glyndwyr was frequently away on personal matters, he always made time for her.
Happily Ever After
Their love became stronger, and they married shortly after. For everyone around them and even for themselves, it was clear that their story was a match made in heaven. She was certain she knew more about her husband than anyone else and that they were destined for each other.
The doctor gave them some shocking news a few months into their marriage. Their lives were going to change forever as a result of this news.
A Big Surprise
One day, Audrey was experiencing an excruciating pain in her abdomen. She quickly made the decision to go to the emergency room and see a doctor. It had only been a few months since they were married.
At that time, Glyndwyr had just returned from one of his private ventures, which were so common around this time. The doctor glanced at them both and paused after evaluating her. He had some critical information to convey.
The New One
After a thorough examination, the doctor finally informed the young couple the good news, they were expecting a child! When they heard this amazing announcement, they became overjoyed and breathed a sigh of relief knowing that the pain was not a problem, but rather a great blessing for both.
After thinking it through, they decided to name their baby Jake; and the three of them were able to create a happy and loving household together.
His Unwavering Love
During their time together, Audrey always felt greatly reassured by her husband’s love for her. Although he continued going on some unexplained travels and had some mysterious endeavors on a regular basis, these behaviors never made her doubt about his love for her and their family.
Nevertheless, although Glyndwyr was always nice with her wife and child, at some point, she started having some concerns about what he was up to on his strange trips.
A Strange Crisis
One day, something weird happened. Although it was very common for Glyndwr to go out for a walk from time to time, that day unlike others, he returned home very agitated and anxious. He had something really important to tell Audrey.
He gave his wife the surprising news that they only had one week to move to a new neighborhood. Audrey was perplexed by the announcement; she didn’t want to relocate, especially not so quickly.
After hearing the shocking news, Audrey began to feel a tremendous discomfort in her abdomen. The announcement impacted her notably, and while the couple was still trying to manage the situation caused by the unexplainable demand for a quick house move, her pain started to increase more and more.
In the exact moment, she was trying to explain to Glyndwyr why the idea was such a horrible decision when her stomach symptoms became more severe.
Just like the last time, Audrey rushed to see the doctor. After he examined her, the couple discovered that Audrey was pregnant for the second time.
They were going to have a baby girl; however, a bigger problem arose with this second pregnancy, the doctor explained that this would be the last time they could become parents. It was time for the couple to decide what option they were going to pick in this situation.
Making a Decision
After thinking it through, the still young couple finally decided to carry Audrey’s pregnancy to term. This choice had a big impact for their family, because it meant that the couple couldn’t proceed with their relocation plans.
Her pregnancy was dangerous, and it wasn’t wise to put her through the stress of moving. While moving to a new home was out of the question, she could see Glyndwyr was frustrated by this inability to relocate.
While Audrey was complying with the rest recommended by her doctor, Glyndwyr took care of the house duties and their youngest son. Fortunately, his mysterious travels were reduced and one day he confessed to his wife that he had changed his mind about the idea of moving.
He explained that after thinking about it a lot, he realized that they now had 2 children and that they would need all the support for their upbringing.
The Coming Years
The years passed, the kids grew up and the couple moved on. Audrey and Glyndwyr went through a good part of their fifty years of marriage in relative harmony. They had a peaceful relationship during this time.
However, at some point Glyndwyrs’ health began to deteriorate, posing a new obstacle for the couple. Two of the significant health issues that Glyndwyrs experienced at the time were the trouble walking and the tremors in his hands.
Glyndwyrs decided to go to the hospital to visit a doctor because of the symptoms he was having. After a careful medical examination, Glyndwyrs was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease by his doctor.
The news deeply shocked Audrey, who became horrified and devastated to learn about her husband’s prognosis. After learning about her husband’s complicated health condition, she made the conscious decision to make the most of their time together for as long as possible.
After some time, Glyndwyrs’ health deteriorated rapidly. He was confused and debated internally whether or not he should inform his wife about his secret. He wondered if he should tell Audrey about this confidential information that he kept for himself before it was too late.
Unfortunately, he was not given the opportunity. Audrey was still in the dark about his secret life when he died. For Audrey, this wasn’t the end of the awful news.
In Loving Memory
His death was mourned by a lot of people who knew him, including friends and family. These people were very sad about his departure. For all of them, Glyndwr was always considered as a family man who worked all his life as a civil engineer to provide for his family’s necessities.
Although these people were part of Glyndwr’s life and they all adored him and spent time with him, they had no idea who Glyndwr really was.
Dealing With Her Loss
As it usually happens in these cases, it was very difficult for Audrey to deal with the death of her husband. Due to this, she initially did not have the courage to dispose of her husband’s belongings.
She kept his things for a while; however, she knew that this situation could not continue like this indefinitely. At some point, Audrey would have to face this situation and deal with her husband’s things sooner or later.
Facing Her Fears
After her husband’s death, Audrey needed three years to make the decision to take out her husband’s stuff.
This decision was extremely tough for her because as she cleaned his belongings, old memories that they had together, and that until that time she was trying to ignore, started to show up. It took her quite some time to clear everything out. At this point there was just one drawer remaining to be cleared.
The drawer remaining to be cleared was Glyndwyrs’ office drawer. In the course of their marriage, they had shared almost everything. This drawer, on the other hand, was something she had never noticed before. She was very curious to see what she would find in there.
She knew that Glyndwyr always enjoyed writing, he wrote numerous novels and poems, so she was pretty sure that she was going to discover his writings in his drawer.
A Strange Name
When she finally opened the drawer, she couldn’t help but notice several unusual documents. These papers caught her interest so she decided to take them out and pay a closer look. Glyndwyr had never told her wife about the old documents.
To make matters worse, the documents were given an unusual name. She had no idea who the person was.
An Astounding Memory
One of the documents she discovered looked like a test result, where it was claimed that the person who had taken the test had an exceptional memory.
The document mentioned that this person had a good recall for photographs and maps. It was described as having a photographic memory. So, she started wondering how this was related to her husband.
A Strange Letter
She was very intrigued, so she kept looking. Soon after she discovered another document in the drawer. This one was written in the form of a letter and had a date on it.
The document explained a decision of taking a boy out of school was made. They said that his removal from school was due to his photographic memory.
She Became Wary
Audrey made some calculations and got to the conclusion that her spouse was thirteen years old at the time the document was signed.
She noticed that this was the same age of the boy mentioned in the certificate. At first, she assumed it was probably one of his friends, but she soon became skeptical and tried to find out more.
More Strange Documents
She proceeded to look through the document for any fresh information that could help her determine whether this was related to her husband or not. She was really curious about the young man in question- and wanted to find out more.
Surprisingly, when she neared the bottom of the stack of papers, she stumbled upon an even stranger looking document.
The document she discovered was about a counter-espionage initiative called ‘XX’. The papers seemed to be referring to a top-secret project. She was baffled as to what it was all about and wanted to know what it meant to her spouse.
Finally, she came upon a small note with a phone number. Could this help her get closer to the truth?
Audrey was hoping that the phone number might reveal something about what she had seen. She was very confident about deciphering what she had read.
While she kept wondering what to do, a hidden voice warned her that this might change her feelings about her late husband. But at this point, she was so close that she couldn’t go back.
Audrey spent days deliberating over her decision. Uncertainty ate her alive. She began to wonder why her husband kept a secret drawer and why he had never told her about it.
She also started thinking about the implications of moving on with the investigation. Would he be offended if she tried to figure out the truth now that he’s gone?
Dialing the Number
After some time thinking it through, she finally made up her mind. She picked up the phone and dialed the number she had found in her husband’s drawer.
She realized she had to figure out what she was seeing, and this was her best chance. She dialed the number again and received no response. She received a call later that night.
A Stranger Answered
A smooth, quiet voice came on the line as Audrey answered the phone. “Do I have Audrey Philips on the line?” the voice asked. “Yes,” she said and continued: “I found your number among some documents from my husband that I don’t understand; perhaps you can assist me.”
The man said, “Let’s meet tomorrow,” “I’ll go through everything with you.”
According to what was agreed, the next day, an elderly gentleman arrived at her home. The man said: “Audrey, I’ve known your husband for more than thirty years, and there’s something he never told you about.”
She couldn’t believe what she was hearing. And the man continued: “You should know that Glyn wasn’t the man you expected him to be.”
A Boy With Talent
He went on to say, “Glyndwyr was a gifted individual who was also extremely intelligent. This ability was discovered a really young age. As you know, the world was in turmoil at the time, and there was a lot of anxiety in the air.
The army recruited us both for training, however this instruction wasn’t to only become regular soldiers.
The Rigorous Training
“We were chosen for a unique project. Our mentors explained that we were only allowed to tell our fathers about it, and we had to keep it a secret from everyone we ever met, including partners or any other family members.”
“They made us participate in a variety of training programs, which included all types of German lessons and memory exams.”
“We were both young, and school seemed boring at that time, so we were eager to embark on this journey. We had no idea what kind of jobs we would be assigned or how our lives would unfold at the time.”
“We were almost finished with our training when the Second World War broke out, and we received terrifying news…”
We went to war, where our major mission was to speak to German prisoners to try to gain useful information. After the war ended, we kept in contact with our captain, who told us he had something new planned for us.
This new assignment would demand new training and we will never be allowed to discuss our work with others.
The Fake Identity
We had to live a double life that required us to have fake identities. Our first job was to apprehend two spies, which required us to enter a military base, keep a watch on the suspects, and confirm that they were the proper people, before reporting their whereabouts so they could be captured.
However, certain missions were riskier than others.
“Some operations were becoming really risky. Glyndwyr once had to pull a fellow spy from a boat to pick up a shipment of guns. He needed to deploy the searchlight on one of the two gunboats to ensure that neither he nor the other spy were apprehended.
However, you’ll be shocked to discover when this occurred” said the man, smiling.
After Their Wedding
Remember how, weeks after you were married, he went for a football weekend? Well, he was actually doing this secret assignment during that weekend. He came up with a good excuse because he knew he would return with bruises and soreness.
Audrey couldn’t believe she’d never suspected anything in all her years of marriage. She had a lot of questions.
A Note for Her
He left a handwritten message just for her. She was stunned when she read what the note said.
The letter began with the phrase: “Dear Audrey, if you ever read this, then you’ve discovered my biggest secret. I hope you understand I could never tell you what I did, I did it to keep you safe.” But there was more…
For her surprise, Glyndwr had left her a large check with all of his earnings as a spy. He set aside all of this money to leave to her when he died.
They were able to live a basic life as a result of this. He handed her this as an apology for lying to her for their entire lives.
The Veteran Relief
Audrey opted to donate the entire sum to veteran assistance. She was incredibly proud of her husband and all that he was able to accomplish for his country during his lifetime.
She can now tell her grandkids stories of Glyndwyr and the brave life he led in the shadows. His memory is still remembered and celebrated by his entire family.