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Warship Weeks

Sandbach in Cheshire adopts HMS Vimiera

Warships Week 29 November - 6 December 1941


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’.

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Saxon Crosses at Sandbach, Cheshire
The market Square at Sandbach, Cheshire
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Press Cuttin Staffordshire Sentiel about Watships Week in Sandbach, Staffs


Foden's famous Motor Works Band got Warships Week off to a good start with a concert on  the 30th November 1941

Staffordshire Sentinel

Wednesday, 10 December 1941

Sandbach Warship Week proved an unqualified success.  The 120,000 target figure was exceeded, 160,000 being the final result.  Goostrey raised 24,000, against their target of 10,000; while Holmes Chapel, aiming at 20,000, netted 21,631.  Thus, Sandbach and District have purchased HMS Vimiera, a corvette.  The average per head of the population is 11.

Staffordshire Sentinel
Wednesday, 8 July 1942
A plaque, a replica of the badge of HMS Vimiera, which has been sunk in action, has been sent to Sandbach Urban District Council.  The ship was adopted by the town after the successful Warship Week and the plaque would be presented by an officer.

The actual figure raised was 163,880, the equivalent of 10 18s 6d per head, but a month later on the 9th January 1942 HMS Vimiera was sunk with heavy loss of life when she detonated a mine in the Thames estuary


If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Vimiera you should first obtain a copy of their service record
To find out how follow this link: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/servicerecords.html


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



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