Life in Bures during WW1 and
For the past two decades, I have
been documenting life in Bures during the Second World War.
Although a rural village the war had a profound impact on daily
life, from our brave men who left to fight the enemy to the arrival
of the Americans.
The Americans first task was
to build the infrastructure such as airfields and roadways for their
large vehicles. West Suffolk was a rural area and Bures only a remote
village. Suffolk County Councils response to local Air Raid Precautions
were summarised as:-
The Government takes the view that there are no worthwhile targets
in West Suffolk and least of all in rural areas. Any damage from
air action will therefore be sporadic and accidental.
The Home Office has recommended that warnings should only be sounded
in Boroughs and Urban Districts.
Considering Bures Hamlet was the site of the largest USAAF Bomb
Dump in East Anglia and we suffered the loss of five lives in Nayland
Road due to enemy action, this is an understatement to say the least.
||Bures Home Guard,
Bures was well equipped to fight the enemy as we had our own
Home Guard together with a unit of the Secret Army. These were
hand picked men who were highly trained to fight the enemy covertly
and try and reap havoc with their lines of communication and
The ladies also played a vital part keeping their village supplied
with food and plenty of moral boosting events.
BOMBS Forward Ammunition Dump (FAD)
Bures Hamlet, Pebmarsh, and the Colnes was the site of a large
Ammunition Dump which stored bombs along the roadside ready
for transportation to the local airfields. None of this information
has ever been documented before. After 10 years of research
it`s taken me as far afield as the Military archives in the
Many Land Army girls worked on the local
farms in and around Bures.
They were transported
daily by lorry from their Hostel over at Leavenheath to the
Book to be published in June.
It details the arrival of the USAAF to the west of Bures Hamlet
The military constructed roadways and stored thousands of
bombs and munitions between Bures Hamlet and Wakes Colne.
The reason for this extrordinary military operation, was to
keep munitions away from active airfileds and the prying eyes
of the Luftwaffe.
Six years of research into this book,
with dozens of interviews with local people in North Essex.
Research also extended into the USAAF archives in the USA.
the "Forward Ammunition Dump" research is now off-line
Unscrupulous visitors copy (plagiaries)the text and photographs,
which they publish on their own sites with no respect to myself
who has spent decades researching this information.
Major update to the Nayland Road Bombing