WARSHIP WEEKS




The Adoption of V & W Class Destroyers

by cities, towns and villages of Great Britain during 1941-2


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 discover more about Warship Weeks see Peter Schofield’s ‘National Savings and Warships Week’ article.

Click on the name of the town, village or district
to find out the sums raised and the links between areas and ships


ENGLAND

Berkshire

Windsor

Cambridgeshire
Ely MB and RD

Cheshire
Congleton
Hoylake and District
Hyde
Northwich UD
Sale
Sanbach and District
Wilmslow

Derbyshire
Hucknall UD and District

Durham
Durham City and RD
Spennymoor
West Hartlepool

Herefordshire
Bromyard UD and RD
Hereford MB and RD

Kent
Broadstairs and Margate
Chislehurst and Sidcup

Lancashire
Darwen
Morecambe and Heysham

Leicestershire
Loughborough

Lincolnshire
East Elloe CC
Gainsborough and RD
Lincoln CB
Scunthorpe

Somerset
Bridgwater UD and RD
SHIPS


Windsor


Walpole


Woolston
Verdun
Wrestler
Witch
Walker
Vimera
Winchelsea

Vimy



Witherington
Wolsey
Wivern


Vivien
Volunteer


Whirlwind
Viscount


Wakeful

Westcott


Venomous


Wolverine
Vanoc
Wrangler
Vanity


Wolfhound
ENGLAND Continued

Staffordshire           
Brierley Hill
Tipton

Surrey
Godalming
Surbiton MB

Sussex
Worthing UD

Warwickshire
Heart of England
Nuneaton
Solihull
Stratford RD
Sutton Coldfield
Warwick

Worcestershire
Kidderminster
Worcester

Yorkshire
Whitby
Dewsbury
Skipton
Todmorden

LONDON

Middlesex

Wimbledon
Wood Green MB

WALES

South Wales

Barry
Port Talbot
Rhondda UD

North Wales

Wrexham
SHIPS Continued


Watchman
Versatile


Vega
Wild Swan


Wessex


Viceroy
Vanquisher
Vivacious
Verity
Wanderer
Warwick


Vansittart
Worcester



Whitshed
Valorous
Vesper
Vidette




Whelp
Wizard




Vanessa
Wishart
Velox


Veteran



If you have stories or photographs with regard to a V & W adopted by your town please contact Bill Forster
We would particularly like to know the present location of plaques and ships' crests presented by the ship to the town or by the town to the ship



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