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The Tragic Loss of HMS Galatea
14th December 1941

For Warship Week of November 15th to 22nd 1941, the citizens of West Bromwich were raising money through National Savings towards the building costs of HMS Galatea. It was the intention that a commemorative book would be carried on-board during Galatea's active service and be returned to West Bromwich when victory was achieved with the signatures of Commander and Crew. Of course this was overtaken by events and the intended metal plaque was never placed on the ship.

The commemorative book (below) was continued with all citizens of West Bromwich allowed to sign it providing they had made savings during Warship Week. has been carefully archived in Smethwick Archives.  Members of the West Bromwich Local History Society are researching with the intention of compiling a book of their town during WW2.

Further information about the project may be obtained from Ms Pauline Lawley, 102 Vicarage Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 1AG.  Pauline is also interested to hear from people whose family or friends served on HMS Galatea or indeed from anyone with wartime information relating to the West Bromwich area during WW2.

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