Solihull adopts HMS Vivacious
Warships Week 7 - 14 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.
Solihull's Warship Week, 27 - 14 March 1942, raised the astonishing amount of £526,265 which worked out at £8 19s 8d per person. At present all we know about the adoption of Vivacious is a brief report in the Birmingham Mail. Please get in touch if you have photographs or stories to contribute to this page.
Solihull’s Warship Week will be opened this afternoon by Lord Winster
Birmingham Post, Saturday 7 March 1942
Warship Week will be opened this afternoon by Lord Winster. The
aim is £210,000, but it is anticipated that this sum will be exceeded
by a large amount. Army and Navy units, Home Guard, ATC, Police
and Civil Defence Services will take part in the procession through the
district. National Savings selling centres have been opened, and
appeals are to be made at the four picture houses in the
district. Five bands have been engaged and ‘tableu vehicles’’
will tour the area. Lord Winster will take the salute as the
procession passes the Council House.
Warship Ceremony at Solihull
Birmingham Mail, Friday, 27 November 1942
Warship Week last March, Solihull more than doubled its target figure
and invested half a million pounds in National Savings. This
entitled the district to adopt the destroyer Vivacious.
Last night naval officers and ratings were present at the Council House
when a ceremony of exchanging tokens between the ship and Urban
District was observed.
Accepting a plaque inscribed to
commemorate the event, an officer representing the commander of the
destroyer said the ships company, which previously had not heard of
Solihull now knew that there was a community of people they could
regard as their ‘foster parents’ and links such as this between the
people at home and those at sea were a great value.
Councillor Shaw said Solihull’s association with HMS Vivacious did not end with this ceremony but would continue in efforts of various kinds to foster the welfare of all serving aboard her. The ships’ gift was in the form of a carved oak plaque incorporating the ship’s badge - a squirrel - and slung to a ships lifebelt.One hundred members of the crew visited Solihull in 1944
Crew members of HMS Volunteer played a football match with NALGO members during a visit to the town in 1944
The man in the top hat is thought to be Councillor James Harold Malley (1891-1955), Chairman of Solihull Urban District Council 1943-45.
At the invitation of Solihull Urban District Council more than one hundred members of the ship’s company paid a weekend visit to Solihull in 1944. Various events were laid on to entertain the guests, including a reception, a Ratings’ Dance at the Public Hall, and a football match.
Urban District officially adopted the destroyer after raising more than
half a million pounds during Solihull’s Warship Week National Savings
campaign in March 1942.
"V for Victory and V for Vivacious"
Tin badges were sold to children - or their parents - to promote
Warships Week in Solihull