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Warship Weeks

Sale adopts HMS Walker

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. 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’.


Sale is the largest town in Trafford, Greater Manchester

Sale's Warship Week
At present this is the only evidence of the adoption of HMS Walker by Sale after a successful Warships Week in March 1942
Please get in touch if you have stories or images for adding to this page

But nearly two years before this official adoption took place HMS Walker was adopted by Colmworth,  a village in North Bedfordshire, as reported below:

Bedfordshire Times and Independent
Friday 19 July 1940
... I purposely choose next a village in North Bedfordshire where there is no Women’s Institute. Colmworth is a long straggling village.  It seems to have started well near the church, and then to have boiled over the place and stayed there.  There is a representative of the WVS who runs a very enthusiastic working party.  They worked very hard last winter to raise funds for wool.  They adopted HMS Walker and have received many letters of appreciation for parcels received.  Colmworth school proudly displays an old HMS Walker ensign which had seen very active service.

 I would like to add a photograph of the ensign which was displayed in Colmworth School and I am hoping to receive more details of the links which resulted from this unofficial arrangement from the Colmworth and Neighbours History Society.

If you want to find out more about the wartime service of a member of your family who served on HMS Walker you should first obtain a copy of their service record
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If you have stories or photographs of HMS Walker you would like to contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster

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