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Warship Weeks

Hucknall, Derbyshire, adopts HMS Vimy

Warships Week 2 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’.


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Nottingham Journal
Saturday, 20 February 1943

Plaque For Hucknall First 1OO for H.M.S. Vimy’s Crew “Presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to Hucknall Urban District commemorate the adoption of H.M.S Vimy during Warship Week, 2 March. 1942." Such was the inscription upon plaque given to Hucknall last right by Admiral Sir William E. Goodenough in exchange for one from the town.  There was a good muster of townspeople at the Church Hall to witness the ceremony which was presided over by the chairman of the District Council Mr. Oliver Smith,' who spoke of the successive efforts made by the town since the commencement of the war, and handed to the Admiral the first cheque of 1OO for comforts for the crew. Mr. G. E Goodall, who is chairman of the Savings Committee, also eulogised Hucknall people for their contribution of 239,000 and 194.000 in respective weeks, added to which there were weekly Savings to the extent of 5,000.  After the exchange of plaques, Admiral Goodenough gave an address in which he mentioned that the Navy was bringing across the water 13oz out of every lb of flour.  A dance followed the presentation.


If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Vimy 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 Vimy you would like to contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster



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