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Presentation of a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works, 1944

Presentation of a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works, 1944


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Presentation of a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works, 1944

This photograph was taken on 20th April 1944 and shows Chief Mechanical Engineer, F.W. Hawksworth, presenting a War Savings League Cup to members at Swindon Works. The National Savings Movement was set up in 1916 to help people save money as well as contributing to the war effort at the same time. During World War II the War Savings Campaign was introduced as part of the Movement specifically to raise funds for the war. Employees of the GWR set up savings groups as part of this campaign, with some depots and offices creating leagues. Swindon Works had a league of 42 member groups and competed for the Director Challenge Cup in their zealous drive to attract new members and increase contributions

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Swindon Works World War 2 Hawksworth


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This photograph captures a momentous occasion at Swindon Works in 1944. The image showcases Chief Mechanical Engineer, F. W. Hawksworth, proudly presenting a War Savings League Cup to members of the works. During World War II, the National Savings Movement played a crucial role in supporting the war effort by encouraging people to save money while contributing to various campaigns. As part of this movement, employees of the GWR established savings groups and leagues across different depots and offices. Swindon Works boasted an impressive league consisting of 42 member groups who were fervently dedicated to attracting new members and increasing contributions. This zealous drive culminated in their participation for the prestigious Director Challenge Cup. The significance of this event is evident as Mr. Hawksworth stands tall with his distinguished presence, symbolizing not only his own personal achievements but also acknowledging the collective efforts made by these dedicated individuals during such challenging times. This poignant snapshot serves as a reminder of the unity and resilience displayed by ordinary workers during World War II. It encapsulates their unwavering commitment towards both financial prudence and patriotic duty—an enduring testament to their contribution towards securing victory on multiple fronts.

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