was 'Warship Week'?
week was a fund
raising scheme to encourage civilians to save their
money in Government accounts, such as War Bonds, Savings
Bonds, Defence Bonds and Savings Certificates. Cash
would be paid into Post Offices or Banks. In much the
same way as War Weapons Week, it would coincide with a
week of parades, exhibitions and other war
In 1942 it
was decided the national scheme would be themed around
'adopting' a warship. A target of savings would be
set that would equate to enough to pay for a warship.
parishes in the Mildenhall Rural District Council the
warship was a trawler that was to be transformed into a
minesweeper, H.M.S. Macbeth.
much funds were raised?
The final total at the
end of the week was £74,697
The Secretary of the
Admiralty sent a letter to the M.R.D.C. expressing
pleasure at the result of the ‘Warship Week’ in the
district. H.M.S Macbeth had been adopted and a
commemorative plaque was to be sent to the
The M.R.D.C. agreed to
respond to the gesture by presenting a plaque to H.M.S.
Macbeth. It cost £10 and was made of oak.
increasing attack the
men of the Navy are keeping the
life lines open. Back them up by
making your Warship Week a
smashing success. Come on, ship-
mates: the signal is SAVE. So
lash up spending, stow away
to a Post Office or your Bank
or 'Stockbroker' and invest your
money in 3% Savings Bonds. 1955-65,
2½% National War Bonds 1949-51,
3½% Defence Bonds, or Savings
Certificates : or deposit your savings
in the Post Office Savings Bank.
Buy Savings Stamps at 6d, and 2 6d
each from a Post Office, or your
YOU CAN IN
3% Savings Bonds
National War Bonds
3% Defence Bonds
did Brandon raise funds?
February the Mildenhall Rural District Council decided
to hold a ‘Warship Week’ for March 21st - 28th 1942.
The aim was to raise enough funds to ‘adopt’ a
Minesweeper, H.M.S. Macbeth. The projected figure
Saturday 21st March ...
was a football match - England vs Scotland; and played out on
Crown Meadow, that started the Warship Week for Brandon.
England won the clash 2-0!
prizes of 15s National Savings Certificates were won by Mr Donald Martin, Mr P. Terrington of
Lakenheath, Mr B. Norton of Brandon but the final Certificate
(number 54) was not claimed.
Toward the end of the
afternoon the band of the Watts Naval Training School, with
permission from Captain Lewis, paraded through the
Sunday 22nd March ...
There was a parade of the fighting and civil defence
services, with a further three bands in attendance, arranged
by R.S.M Kentward.
Those taking part were National Fire
Service - Brandon and Lakenheath (under Section Leader B.Olley),
Special Constables (Section Leader A.J. Gascoyne), A.R.P.
Casualty Service (Commandant Mrs H. Wentworth-Smith), the
Parish A.R.P. Organiser Mr R.J. Woodrow, and Head Warden Mr
Herbert Edwards, Home Guard (Captain W.B. Wood) and the West
Suffolk Constabulary (Segt. J.A. Adams and P.C. Johnson).
The parade marched through the main streets
and Field Marshal Lord Ironside, C.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., and took
the salute on the Market Hill, where a service of Intercession
was conducted by the Rev. R.L.Gardner.
Those present on
the platform were General H.G.J. de Lotbiniere, Mr H. Lingwood
(Chairman of the Parish Council), Mr F.W. Gentle, Major H.
Wentworth-Smith and Mr T.A. Green (secretary of the Warship
On Monday and
Tuesday evenings ...
Wednesday evening ...
Thursday evening ...
Field Marshal Lord Ironside, General de Lotbiniere said the
greatest compliment the people of the district could pay would
be to raise sufficient money to buy and equip the trawler
minesweeper. There were two things which everyone
could do to help the country in its time of need - to avoid
waste of all kind and to lend as much money as possible to the
In his address,
the Field Marshal made reference to the loss of the Malayan
colonies, which he pointed out were very important colonies
because of the rubber and tin which they supplied for the war effort.
"Why did Britain lose them?" he asked. The
answer he gave was a lack of sea power.
It was therefore, up to
Britain to bring that sea power back again so as to regain the
lost colonies, and the people, to help in this respect, were
asked to do their part by lending their money to the
Government. Some men were earning higher wages and had
money to spare, and it was not a great sacrifice to give up
the pleasure of buying something.
went on to speak of several exploits of the Navy, the gallant
action of the "Warspite" at Narvik was one, he said,
of which they could be proud. "Men like that are
worthy of any ship or instrument that can be given them"
he said. Then there was the Fleet Air Arm's attack on
the Italian Fleet which altered the whole strategy of the war
in the Mediterranean, while in the Java recently, American,
British, Dutch and Australian ships went down with flying
colours. He was sure everyone would realise that more
ships were very necessary.
He also referred to the trawler minesweepers and the
exceedingly good work they did was a job of which everyone
could be proud.
Bury Free Press, March/April 1942