Warship Weeks

Kidderminster adopts HMS Vansittart

Warships Week 6 - 13 December 1941

tin lapel badgeBetween 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.  The cost of organising a Warship Week was raised by holding whist drives, raffles, dances and through the sale of Warship Week badges (left) and programs etc. 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’.


Western Morning News

The Western Morning News reported on the presentation of a plaque to HMS Vansittart commemorating the adoption of the ship on Saturday 13 June 1942
On the right the "standard" shield presented by the Admiralty to commemorate the adoption of HMS Vansittart

On Wednesday the 14 July 1948 the Birmingham Daily Gazette, reported that the Kidderminster Unit of the Sea Cadet Corps is to receive from the Mayor (John E Talbot) the plaque which was given by the town to HMS Vansittart, the warship which Kidderminster adopted during the war. Do they still hold the plaque? Please get in touch if you know.

get in touch if you are able to provide further details or photographs regarding the adoption of HMS Vansittart by KIdderminster

If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Vansittart you should first obtain a copy of their service record
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If you have stories or photographs of HMS Vansittart you would like to contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster

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