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Making Uniforms: In Ipswich

by Languard Fort

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Languard Fort
People in story: 
Gladys Sparks
Location of story: 
Ipswich
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A2715149
Contributed on: 
07 June 2004

I lived in Henley Road in Ipswich. There were two lovely cottages up by the bridge, and a lovely wood behind them. I started work at Philips and Pipers. We made uniforms — the khaki ones. I would cycle to work in the mornings, it was nice and downhill in that direction. We started at eight, and worked on a conveyor belt, each adding their own bit before it moved on to the next girl. We didn’t have to do the same bit all the time, but moved around.

I remember cycling home, uphill, when a doodlebug came over. It landed at Diss, where it caused quite a bit of damage.

My mother started writing to a soldier through the Church. He came to visit when he came back on leave, and we fell in love and got married!

I remember that D-Day was the day before my 21st Birthday. I had a cake, so someone must have saved their coupons.

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Posted on: 06 October 2004 by Ipswich Museum

Gladys Sparks may be interested to know that the Museum has a set of paper patterns from Phillip son and Pipers for making uniform greatcoats

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