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Hi there,

More pics on Facebook page, bridge going on, VIPS including sea cadets in line up for speeches, also on BBC news on-line, England tab, piece there which is great, been waiting to see if they do cover, never know, but they have which is great. She looks fantastic, another addition to the "fleet" so to speak, great work.

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Hi Pioneer,

Ah, many thanks, I hoped you would work your magic and put up the link in correct format, much appreciated, last pic of speech line up, so hopefully she has gone in now....

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A photo of the launched 215 has been placed on the Veteran's web site - see Here
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Edited by Pioneer - 06 February 2015 at 1:58pm
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Hi there,

Very many thanks, what a site, been as per face book, champing a bit to see on there, last pick of VIPS which is fine of course, really good, encourage all who can to give whatever support, directly donations, but there is also list of items needed, so any of those or contacts for same,

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Hi there,


Just browsing www.dailymail.co.uk(other papers are available) and to my very pleasant surprise, scroll down a bit though, story of the launch of 219, including I think some video, but can't run at work, understand perhaps now why not update on the old FB page, good article, made mistake of scrolling down to the comments section, but not to bad! couple of asinine comments of course, but generally positive or complimentary, all the best,

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Hi again,

Just clicked the link above and went straight to the article....hm, nothing of my doing, but saves I hope Pioneer from having to tidy up as he has kindly done before with "my" links posts.

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Hi there,

Just managed to play the video on the Mail site, unfortunately no sound on this machine, but looked great!

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All Wonderful information. This boat was donated  by Thame and surrounding areas in Feb 1943 and your info on this site helps us a lot in research of this boat. Below is an article from the Thame Gazette about it.

THAME GAZETTE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 1943

“EXCHANGE OF  COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUES

A most interesting ceremony took place on Saturday evening in the Town Hall, it being 

the occasion of the Exchange of Plaques in connection with the Thame and District 

Warship Week, which was held in January of last year.  A fairly representative number 

of townspeople were present for the ceremony which was presided over by Lieut Gen 

Sir Hew D Fanshawe who was supported by Admiral L A R Donaldson, C B, C M G, 

Councillors C Simmons, A Finch, C Blood and T J Phillips, Sir Chas Peers, Mrs 

Burbridge and Miss J Fanshawe.

In opening the proceedings Sir Hew Fanshawe said he had a pleasant duty in 

welcoming Admiral Donaldson, who as one of our British admirals had come to take 

part in the exchange of plaques in commemoration of Thame’s Warship Week.  

Personally, as an old soldier, he had great admiration for the senior service to which 

Admiral Donaldson was connected.

They would not stress too much of what the Royal Navy had been doing for the 

country and he felt sure all Thame people must be proud to be connected with one of 

H.M boats.  They were winning the war not only by the Royal Navy, but by the 

combined support of the three Services given to each other.  That combination would 

bring them through to final victory.

Further, Sir Hew said it was up to all of us to do what they could in lending money to 

the Government.  Thame had done well in its two weeks on behalf of War Weapons 

and Warship Weeks, and in their next – Wings for Victory Week – he hoped all would 

give all they could.

Admiral Donaldson then delivered a very breezy and inspiring address in which he 

expressed at the outset the great pleasure it gave him to be present with a Thame 

audience.  Coming, as he did, from Portsmouth, the Admiral commented on the bad 

time that the town had had through the blitzes but they were to show the Hun what 

they could do despite blitzes.  He thought the spirit of the whole country was fine in 

Speaking of the pleasure it gave him to be with the chairman ( Sir Hew Fanshawe ) 

Admiral Donaldson referred to the unique record of the Fanshawe family, in which 

father and son were Admirals of the Fleet at the same time.  Never had such a 

distinction been achieved by any other father and son.

In regard to Savings Weeks they must have them to help the fighting forces.  Was 

Thame fully covered by Savings Groups?  It was a big job; ten per cent of the 

population were unable to save, such as old age pensioners and small wage earners.  

War Savings, he declared, was one of the most valuable institutions, and surely we 

could give 5s as a regular contribution.

Whilst having our breakfast, did we ever think how we came by it.  In our grace we 

thank God, yet we should also thank the Merchant Navy.  When the war was over we 

should all be proud of being an Englishman, and don’t forget the enemy is a Hun and a 

devil, as had been proved by his many actions.

In subscribing £76,000 in Warship Week, Admiral Donaldson continued, Thame had 

provided a boat which was one of the finest things that could be done, and the town 

could well be proud of itself.

In the forthcoming Wings for Victory Week he hoped the town would make an even 

greater effort.  We only ask for self-denial, the same as our brothers are giving in the 

Forces.  Make it a great success for the town.  Think twice before you smoke; think 

twice before you buy that hat.  When you think of that Savings Stamp, don’t think at all, 

In conclusion, Admiral Donaldson said it was his pleasure to hand over to Councillor 

Simmons the plaque from the Admiralty with the hope that it would be a link between 

the town of Thame and the Navy, adding that the Navy appreciated the town’s effort 

and hoped the plaque would be placed in the Town Hall in memory of the occasion.

Councillor Simmons, on rising to accept the plaque, said it gave him great pleasure to 

do so on behalf of the town.  It was a unique occasion in the history of Thame, thanks 

to Sir C Peers, the design or crest on the plaque (which will probably be adopted by 

the town ) is of very antique and historic interest, such crest forming part of a ring 

found by Mr Willcocks Mackenzie, a Thame man, on the left bank of the River Thame 

(near Jemmott’s Hole ) as recently as April 21st, 1940.  He, being an honest man, 

reported his find to the local police, who in turn reported it to the Coroner for this part of 

the County, an inquest being held on this and other rings and coins included in the 

discovery, which valuables were declared to be treasure-trove and duly surrendered to 

the Crown.  On representations being made to the Government, and in view of the 

local interest in the hoard, these interesting and valuable rings and coins were 

acquired by the Ashmolean Museum.  Experts have decided the ring referred to must 

probably have belonged to Robert King, who was elected Abbot of Thame in the year 

1529. Robert King was a friend of Wolsey and, it is suggested that his appointment 

was in a sense a diplomatic move to make the surrender of the abbey to the king 

(Henry VIII) easier than it might otherwise have been. The surrender was made in 

1539.  Whether the treasure referred to was buried or lost in flight is a matter of 

Mr Simmons then went on to refer to the purpose of the gathering that evening.  The 

sum of £76,000 or £6,000 in excess of the target was raised and in the name of the 

town he must express thanks to Councillor C Blood (the Chairman) and his committee.  

As he thought most of Thame people knew, the Admiralty has permitted us to adopt H 

M M Tor Boat No 219, and Admiral Donaldson of H M Navy, had come there that 

evening to present the Admiralty plaque and receive at his hands (as Chairman of 

Thame U D C.) in the name of the town and district a plaque to be affixed to some 

portion of our ship In taking part in this most pleasing ceremony.  It only remained for 

him, in the name of the subscribers, to express the sincere hope that our ship will 

survive this war and that we shall, one day, be enabled to make personal contact with 

her officers and crew and be permitted to add our tribute to the untiring and devoted 

service of H M Navy “our sure shield” and salvation in these troubled times.

Councillor Simmons then handed the town’s plaque to Admiral Donaldson, who in his 

turn said he accepted it with great pleasure.

Councillor Blood, as chairman of the local committee, said he had a specially pleasing 

duty to perform, and that was to thank publicly Sir Charles Peers for the great 

assistance he gave him in respect of the plaque; also Mr Glynne Hastings and to Mr R 

G Holland in a similar capacity, whilst he also expressed his thanks to Mr Hamecher 

and the committee who worked so hard to make the Warship Week a success.  Most 

special thanks were due to Admiral Donaldson for coming to Thame and they 

appreciated all he had said.

The Admiral suitably responded and ended with an amusing story relating to the last 

war, which caused much laughter.

Cheers
Alec Powell
Watlington
Oxfordshire
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Hi there,

Many thanks for this, all adds to the history of course,

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