A FORMER Bankie who made a vital contribution to the war effort has died, aged 100.

Doris Cardno, nee Dobbie, passed away on February 19 at Anderson’s, Elgin. She was the loving wife of the late Douglas, mother to Hilda, Ian and the late Elizabeth, and a devoted gran, great-gran, mother-in-law and aunt. 

A service was held on Friday at Moray Crematorium in Buckie.

Just weeks ago, Doris marked her 100th and the Post reported how Doris was responsible for a top-secret translation of German gun plans smuggled into Clydebank. 

Doris was born on January 7, 1918 and grew up at 2 Albert Road with her parents Margaret and Thomas and four siblings while attending Boquhanran School.

She went to work for the Royal Ordinance Factory in Clydebank as a comptometer operator where she was given the plans for bofors guns, smuggled from Germany through Switzerland.

Doris met Douglas at the ordinance factory – and they got engaged on the first night of the Clydebank Blitz, under her parent’s stairs.

Daughter Hilda said Douglas, from Hopeman in Moray, had been given a tray of rings to pick one out for her and when he returned it after the bombing, the jeweller said, “I never thought I would see you alive again”.

Instead, Doris went on for seven more decades of life well lived.