HMS Protector says thanks

Published on: 10 Jun 2013

THE support of people in Mangotsfield, Kingswood and Warmley for the crew of HMS Protector during the Second World War has again been honoured.

The HMS Protector Association presented a photo to the Kingswood Heritage Museum.

HMS Protector, an anti-submarine net layer, was commissioned in 1938 and served in the South Atlantic and the Med. Later it was posted with little notice for the crew, to Norway and the Arctic convoys.

There was little time available to stock up on warm winter clothing. The people of our area, on learning this fact, adopted HMS Protector and sent the crew supplies of knitted hats, woollen vests, leggings and general warm clothing suitable for the harsh sub-zero temperatures.

Plaques were given by the HMS Protector Association to Kingswood Borough Council after the war and a photo-montage was presented to the Kingswood Heritage Museum in 2005.

HMS Protector is now stationed in the South Atlantic guarding the Falkland Islands.

Dozens of past and present serving members of the association attended the latest ceremony at the museum.

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