I recently came across an interesting article about Abergele during World War II. During WARSHIP WEEK, a National Saving Campaign in 1942, Abergele community raised money to adopt two ships. One was a Flower Class Corvette named HMS HOLLYHOCK (launched August 1940) and the other a River Class Frigate named HMS DERG (launched January 1943).
HMS HOLLYHOCK served in the Far East but was unfortunately sunk in April 1942, off Ceylon (Sri Lanka), in an attack by aircraft from the Japanese aircraft carrier SORYU, with the loss of 53 lives.
HMS DERG served through till the end of the war on convoy duties to South Africa. She was renamed to HMS WESSEX in 1951 (later HMS CAMBRIA) and was used as a training ship until she was broken up in 1960.
The town was presented with a plaque by the Admiralty .
The inscription reads;
THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY
TO ABERGELE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL
TO COMMEMORATE THE ADOPTION OF
H.M.S. HOLLYHOCK and H.M.S. DERG
DURING WARSHIP WEEK. MARCH 1942