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H.M.S. SCARAB

 

Warship Week

 

(February 14 – 21 1942)

 

The Adoption of H.M.S. Scarab

by the

Historic Market Town of Sudbury in Suffolk

 

 

     

 

 

FUNDING THE FLEET IN WORLD WAR TWO

 

During the Second World War (1939-1945), cities, towns and villages organised “warship weeks” to raise money to meet the cost of providing a particular naval ship. The aim was that cities would raise enough money to pay for the battleships and aircraft carriers, and towns for cruisers and destroyers. Small towns and villages were set a figure relative to their size, and would attempt to raise the required funds.

 

Once enough money had been raised for the ship, the local community would adopt the ship. Local organisations, women’s institutes, churches and schools would also provide additional comforts for the crews of the ship they had adopted. This was usually in the form of woollen socks, gloves and balaclavas. Children would often write letters and send cards to the crew. When possible, officers and men from the adopted ship would visit the local community, and to celebrate their visit, there would often be a parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Sudbury doubled its target!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Russ Taylor (left) Mayor Peter Goodchild and Shirley Smith

(co-author of ‘No Glorious Dead’)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russ Taylor with Mayor Peter Goodchild

 

 

 

 

Town of Sudbury Crest

Presented by his Worship the Mayor to Russ Taylor 2010

 

 

 

STOP PRESS

 

2012

 

Update to Warship Week Sudbury following Russ Taylor’s presentation of the mounted and inscribed painting of H.M.S. Scarab to the Townspeople of Sudbury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personally handwritten:

 

To the Town of Sudbury,

In Remembrance of Warship Week (1942)

My Very Best Wishes.         

Russ Taylor 2011

 

 

 

 

From Shirley Smith - Sudbury

Subject: HMS Scarab
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 18:32:01 +0000

Hi Russ,

I hope this finds you well?  Please find attached a photo of the wonderful painting you sent to us in Sudbury – now on display in the museum.  I hope this photo is OK as my camera is not an expensive one.  I believe the Mayor’s secretary has also emailed a photo to you this week too.

With best wishes

 

Shirley 

 

 

Dad with cousin Lawrence at Sudbury Pool 1946

 

 

Welcome to Sudbury

 

Russ beside Gainsborough Memorial Sudbury

 

 

 

 

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