Ipswich 1945

Fire Watching at business premises was suspended from noon Feb 14th onwards. The Committee decided to give the Fire Guard Officer, Mr. Bates, one month’s notice in April. He asked to be allowed to resign instead and this request was granted.

Ipswich suffered its last raid on Mar 3rd. By April further raids were considered unlikely and the Committee released the 20 houses in the pool. The Regional Commissioner issued further instructions on the reduction of Civil Defence services.

The Committee noted a number of people now wished to give up their Anderson and Morrison shelters. The Committee agreed that no shelter would be removed from Corporation houses at present and for other houses the owner would have to produce written consent before the shelter could be dismantled for collection. However by May the Borough Surveyor reported that many people were now dismantling their shelters and dumping the materials on vacant land.

On May 3rd the Committee issued instructions that all public air raid shelters were to be closed. The Borough Surveyor proposed using the Rescue parties to demolish timber lined trench shelters that had been closed. Work also began on demolishing air raid shelters and Wardens posts. Sirens were to be dismantled and stored for possible future use. The static water tanks were offered to market gardeners, farmers and enquires made to the suppliers if they would take them back but in the end the Borough Surveyor had to arrange for these to be demolished as well.

The Committee agreed a scheme with the Regional Commissioner for the reimbursement of the carriage of household goods of evacuees returning to Ipswich. The last of London’s evacuees, unaccompanied children, returned to London on Jun 29th by special train.

Circular 55/1945 was issued in May stating that Emergency Committees and ARP Controllers might relinquish their duties. The Committee decided to only report this to the Council when all winding up tasks had been completed.

The last entry in the Committee minutes on Sep 6th is:

“The draft report to the Council recommending the discharge of the Committee was read and approved”.

Reference:

Ipswich Emergency Committee Minutes, SRO

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