Uncle buried in the debris

IN a recent Kindred Spirits I published a photograph of bomb damage near Ipswich Dock during World War Two.

David Kindred

IN a recent Kindred Spirits I published a photograph of bomb damage near Ipswich Dock during World War Two.

The photograph was thought to have been the premises of a building company Jepson's. J Brian Jepson of Fore Street, Ipswich, tells us more. “Your main picture is not Jepson's building premises, but the north end of Cliff Road.

The background gas holder was dismantled as recently as circa 2000-2002. The red brick gas company cottages still exist today together with those round the corner in Patteson Road. Jepson's property did indeed get bombed in that raid receiving a direct hit on the central saw mill.

My uncle Clem Jepson was buried for several hours under the debris, but my father John 'Jack' thought rightly that the lorry pit was the safest spot on site where he was unearthed at daybreak, with diminishing oxygen supply.”

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