Bures at War

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Life in Bures during WW1 and WW11

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 Defence
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 >>>>>>

Womens Land Army (WLA)
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 local farms.

Katherine Carr

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 is listed
by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission,
who also maintains its upkeep

Currently 143 pages online
Please note, these subjects have not been updated since 2019.


All of these topics are gradually being updated into a soft-back book.

The web pages will be updated in due course

1st April 2021


The "Forward Ammunition Depot" information was initially published on January 1st 2020

However this sold out within six weeks.
A 2nd edition was released on September 1st with enhanced mapping and 16 additional pages.

Trial page and purchase details


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