Air Raid Precautions (ARP)
war years each town/village or city was allocated an ARP warden. Their main function
main warning siren for Bures St Mary was mounted on the Stour Valley Dye Works
roof in the form of a "hooter". The Bures Hamlet side were less fortunate,
their ARP warden cycled around the roads ringing a "hand bell".
Mr Creek (Headmaster) was appointed ARP warden in July 1938. By the end of the year he had recruited over 60 volunteers to assist him. Obviously, he had great persuasive powers !!
The village fireman
also doubled up as ARP Utility Wardens and were paid the sum of £1.00
per year as a retainer.