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 market Square at Sandbach, Cheshire Copyright www fotodiscs4u co uk
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