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, Local
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 transport.
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
15+ years of research, it`s taken me as far afield as the
Military archives in the USA.
This has now been published as a hard copy >>>>>>
Land Army (WLA)
Many Land Army girls worked on the local
farms in and around Bures.
transported daily by lorry from their Hostel over at Leavenheath
to the local farms.
Katherine lived at OverHall
Farm in Bures,
joined the ATS aged 20
Sadly, only a year later she lost her life during an air-raid
at the Officer Cadet Training Unit in Cheshire
The Memorial in our Cemetery
by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission,
who also maintains its upkeep
Ammunition Depot" information was initially published on
January 1st 2020
this sold out within six weeks.
A 2nd edition was released on September 1st with enhanced mapping
and 16 additional pages.
page and purchase details