Submarine bell back to generous Alfreton

Submitted picture'return: Cllr Marlene Bennet with two Submariners at the reception for the return of the warship's bell and plaque.
Submitted picture'return: Cllr Marlene Bennet with two Submariners at the reception for the return of the warship's bell and plaque.

AN HISTORIC plaque and bell from a submarine were returned to the people of Alfreton in a special ceremony last week.

The artefacts from HMS Tactician were ‘awarded’ to Alfreton 70 years ago in 1942 to commemorate the efforts of townsfolk in raising the funds for the ship during World War II.

Alfreton Town Council hosted a reception at Alfreton Hall on Friday April 20, Commodore Jake Moores, Royal Navy and Submariners from Derbyshire.

Terry HalI, vice president of Derbyshire Submariners, said: “We are immensely proud and pleased to donate these important artefacts of the Tactician bell and plaque to the people of Alfreton to represent the honour and sacrifice made by the town during World War II.

“We also remember those who served in all the Armed Forces, and here at home in England during those dark days of World War II - especially in the coal mines of this area.”

HMS Tactician was a British submarine of the third group of the T class.

She was built as P314 by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, and launched on 29 July 1942.

Tactician served in the Mediterranean and the Far East where she sank six ships and harrassed enemy shipping. during her wartime career.

She continued in service with the Navy, before she was scrapped in December 1963.

The artefacts were bought over ten years ago and were put in safe storage, after they failed to find a suitable home.

Mayor of Alfreton, Councillor Marlene Bennett MBE, thanked the Submariners for the return of the bell and plaque and the apprentices from Rolls Royce for the excellent restoration work done to the artefacts.

She presented a framed certificate commemorating the event to the President of Derbyshire Submariners, Ken Holtham.