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’and the county guide to towns which adopted V & W Class destroyers throughout Britain.
The main purpose of this web page is to remind the people of Wilmslow of their wartime links with HMS Winchelsea
and to try and see that the plaques exchanged by the town and their
adopted ship after the success of their Warship Week are treated with
respect and can be seen by the public in an appropriare place
such as the Town Hall or Museum. It is also my hope that it will
encourage the families of the men who served in Winchelsea
to visit Wilmslow. This can only be achieved with the support of
the officers and councillors of the town and by enlisting the support
of the wider community through publicity in local media. Please contact me if you would like to help.
Quarry Bank Mill at Styall, Wilmslow Photographed by Martin Humphreys Courtesy of Nstional Trust
Wilmslow is ....
a brief description of Wilmslow
HMS Winchelsea ....
a brief outline of the service of HMS Winchelsea as an interim measure until the ship has her own pages
I am hoping
that a naval enthusiast or local historian in Wilmslow will take up
the challenge of researching the history of HMS Winchelsea from her first commission in
1919 to going to the breakers yard. For further
details see the guidance given here then contact Bill Forster for more
The adoption of HMS Winchelsea by Wilmslow 7 - 14 March 1942
Our main source of informtion about Warship Week in Wilmslow are the articles in the Alderley and Wilmslow Advertiser which
covered the lead-up to Warship Week and the follow-up between 1941 and
1947 when the plaques were returned to Wilmslow by the Admiralty anf
put on dosplay in Green Hall, the former home of William Paulden (183 -
1918) a large landowner and wealthy draper, which became the Wilmslow
Council Ofices. Green Hall was destroyed by fire in 1978 and at present
the fate of the plaques exchanged by Wilmslow and HMS Winchelsea after Warships Week in 1942 is not known but must be assumed to have been destroyed in the fire.
you have stories or photographs of HMS Winchelsea you would like to
contribute to the web site please contact Bill Forster
to the Home Page for HMS Winchelsea Return to the Home Page of the V & W Destroyer Association Return to the Index Page for the 69
V & W Class Destroyers
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