Chediston Parish is just to the west of Halesworth. A Civil Defence scheme is not included in the records held at Suffolk Record Office but the following details of arrangements made are noted in the committee minutes book.

• Public notice board to be the barn wall opposite Alms Houses.

• Casualty Clearing Station – to be located in the old school room.

• Catering establishment for Home Guard – suggested Thurlow’s Bridge Farm.

• Two or three squads of men and women not otherwise employed should be formed for road squads, filling craters, burials and demolitions.

• Refugees – must be kept of the village roads. Should be put up in fields, preferably with barns. NOT to be fed with village rations.

• List of wells suitable for drinking and ponds for fire fighting drawn up, along with list of all tractors.

Chediston was classified as a 'Hold up Village' but not with an independent role - the Chediston Home Guard came under the command of the Halesworth Garrison Commander.

Reference: SRO: HD1012/2 - Chediston Parish Invasion Committee Minutes book
East Suffolk sub-district papers - TNA


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