Object of the Month - January 2015
This large wooden shield in Amersham Museum bears the badge of the Admiralty, below which is a small brass plate with the impressive legend “Presented by the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty to Amersham Rural District Council to commemorate the adoption of HMS P42 during Warship Week March 1942”.
Warship Weeks were organised by the National Savings Committee, with the support of the Admiralty, to stimulate loans from the public by setting savings targets appropriate to the size of the community. For Amersham the figure was £500,000 and this equated with a submarine. 25 submarines in all were thus adopted of which Amersham appears to have been the fourth in the sequence. Amersham’s submarine “Unbroken” was first registered as P42. In October 1943 some 20 submariners, most of the crew of H.M.S. Unbroken, came to Amersham to formalise the town’s adoption of their vessel and its crew. They arrived on a Friday afternoon and left on Sunday morning and there were many celebrations.