Warwick adopts HMS Warwick
Warships Week 20 - 28 February 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.
|Warwick Advertiser and
Friday 12 January 1940
Admiral Sir Henry Harwood RN (1888-1950) was CO of HMS Exeter at the Battle of the River Plate on 13 December 1939 and was knighted for his part in the sinking of the Graf Spee. From August 1929 to April 1930 he was Commanding Officer, HMS Warwick and SO 9th Destroyer Division (Atlantic Fleet).
The Warwick Vase is a second century marble vase discovered at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli about 1771 by Gavin Hamilton and sold to Sir William Hamilton, British envoy at the court of Naples, who gave it to his nephew George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick. It caused a sensation when displayed in a specially constructed green house on the lawn in front of Warwick Castle. Many replicas in silver, bronze, cast iron and porcelain were made. The original is now in the Burrell Collection near Glasgow, Scotland (closed until 2020).
|Warwick Advertiser and
Friday 3 April 1942
|Sunderland Echo and
Wednesday 17 March 1943
A silver replica of the Warwick Vase presented to HMS Warwick in 1930
The brass badge of one of the ship's boats bearing the Arms of Warwick
presented to the town by Lt Dickinson in the Market Place in April 1942 to commemorate the adoption of the ship during Warships Week 28 February.
|Coventry Evening Telegraph
Friday 3 March 1944
The inscribed wooden plaque made for presentation to HMS Warwick
after her adoption in Warship's Week.
The ship was lost before the plaque could be presented and is now on display in the Council Offices in Warwick.