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Warship Weeks

Dunfermline adopts HMS Malcolm

Warships Week 28 March - 4 April 1942

Between October 1941 and the end of March 1942, Warships Weeks were organised in cities, towns and villages throughout Great Britain.  The intention was to raise a sum by investment or deposit in all types of war savings representing the cost of building one of His Majesty’s ships ranging from the smallest to the largest vessels.  Once the target had been raised the community adopted the vessel along with its crew and the bond was strengthened by presentations in recognition of the money raised. Adoption plaques were presented by the Admiralty to the community and a plaque presented by the community to the adopted vessel. Links were maintained by the writing of letters and the provision of comforts and whenever possible visits were arranged to the adopting area.

Most of the V&W Class destroyers in commission with the Royal Navy were adopted during the Warship Week scheme and in a number of cases local sea cadet units later took the name of the ship. To find more about Warship Weeks see Peter Schofield’s article on ‘National Savings and Warship Weeks’.


Aerial view of Dunfermelin Abbey
Aerial view of Dunfermline Abbey

Dunfermline and HMS Malcolm

Dunfermline is a town and former Royal Burgh in Fife, on high ground on the north Bank of the Firth of Forth, three miles from the naval base of Rosyth. HMS Malcolm was larger than a standard V & W Class destroyer with the extras facilities required by a Flotilla Leader. She was one of eight Admiralty Class Flotilla Leaders with Scottish names, often referred to as the "Scott Class", built by Cammel Laird at Birkenhead. In April 1942 HMS Malcolm was based at Liverpool as an escort for the Atlantic convoys which kept Britain fed and later that year took part in Operation Pedestal which brought relief to Malta. I  am hoping that a naval enthusiast or local historian in Dunfermline will take up the challenge of researching the history of HMS Malcolm from her first commission in 1919 to going to the breakers yard of TB Ward at Barrow in 1945. For further  details see the guidance given here then contact Bill Forster for more information.

Warships Week in Dunfermline
  28 March - 4 April 1942

Newspaper advert for Warships Week in DunfermelineDundee Courier
Thursday 29 January 1942

Arrangements were made yesterday for a Warship Week to be held at Dunfermline from 28 March to 4 April.  Sum to be aimed at is 400,000, for the purchase of a destroyer or part-purchase.  The suggestion was made that the Admiralty be asked to name the ship Malcolm or Malcolm Canmore.
Dundee Courier
Saturday 28 March 1942

Warship Week in Dunfermline, where a target of 400,000 has been set, opens today with a street procession of service units, Civil Defence personnel, and bands.
Dundee Courier
Tuesday, 31 March 1942

Vice Admiral Sir Gordon Ramsay, KCB, fired what he described as ‘the first salvo’ in Dunfermline Warship Week at the inaugural meeting in the Carnegie Hall last night.  Provost James Hoggan presided, and other speakers were the Earl of Elgin and Mr Wm. Watson, MP Dunfermline Burghs.  Lord Elgin concluded his speech by singing ‘The Standard on the Braes of Mar’.
The Scotsman
Saturday, 11 April 1942

At a meeting of Dunfermline Warship Week Committee it was announced the final figure for the week was 509,980.
Daily Record
Thursday, 30 April 1942

Recently Dunfermline raised in a Warship Week over 500,000 for a destroyer to be named Malcolm.  As a token of the town’s effort the Admiralty is to present the town with a replica of the badge of the Malcolm.  In return the town is to present a commemorative plaque to the destroyer.

If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Malcolm you should first obtain a copy of their service record
To find out how follow this link:

If you have stories or photographs of HMS Malcolm you would like to contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster

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