Grundisburgh and Burgh Parish is just to the north of Ipswich and west of Woodbridge. It was classified as an Independent Hold Up Village. No Civil Defence scheme is included in the records held at SRO although the Invasion Committee minutes detail some of the arrangements put in place and some of the problems in getting volunteers to come forward.

• Not all road craters should necessarily be filled in – they may hinder the enemy. Home Guard would give instructions.

• Agreed that forming of groups of watchers during the harvest was not a success – farmers should make their own arrangements for watches and fire fighting.

• Population 756 people (197 houses) – 1938 census.

• Should cater for a min of 50 casualties. First Aid Post at Basts should be used as a Casualty Clearing Station. Womens Voluntary Service agreed to make arrangements.

• Decontamination to take place at Woodbridge.

• Bells to be rang if more than six parachutists seen (on order of Home Guard or military).

• Decided to form a “Utility squad”, but no volunteers forthcoming!

• Total of 22 beds available for 1st Aid use, but could be doubled in an emergency.

• Parish Invasion leaflet to be produced to inform local population of arrangements in times of emergency.

Reference: Grundisburgh and Burgh Invasion Committee Minutes, SRO


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