Warship Weeks

Heart of England adopts HMS Viceroy

Warships Week 14 - 21 March 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’.


The following year Lt Thomas Frederick Hallifax, RN, the CO of HMS Viceroy, went to Meriden Rural District to present a commemorative plaque and in return received a plaque from Captain Gee as reported below in the Coventry Standard. Lt T.F. Hallifax was CO of Viceroy from 3 July 1942 to December 1943 when he was appointed CO of HMS Pathfinder, a G Class destroyer. He left the Navy in December 1961 witth the rank of Cdr.

Heart of England Warship Week, Presentation of Plaques

The final ceremonies in last year’s Warship effort organised by the Heart of England Savings Committee, which realised 473,000, took place at Coleshill Town Hall on Saturday, when plaques commemorating the event were presented.  Lt. T. F. Hallifax, RN, commanding HMS Viceroy, presented to the chairman of the committee, Mr. G. Hazel, a plaque bearing the inscription: ‘Presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to the Meriden Rural District to Commemorate the Adoption of HMS Viceroy during Warship Week March 14-21, 1942.’  Captain D. Gee presented Hallifax with a plaque in oak, the work of Mr. R. Lewis.  The design incorporates Meriden Cross, with an inscription in gold lettering, commemorating the occasion.

Coventry Standard, Saturday, 20 February 1943

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