The Southampton Branch was first formed in 1936, but meetings discontinued during the Second World War due to wartime conditions. In December 1949 suggestions were made to restart the Branch and this happened in February 1950 at the Southampton Master Mariners' Club, moving later to the more central Polygon Hotel. The Branch activities included talks, luncheons, visits and whist drives with fundraising for many charities including the Holy Rood Merchant Navy Memorial Fund. The Branch were part of a group of 76 embroiderers from 14 women's groups in Southampton who created a nine foot long embroidery depicting the town on D-Day. By 1977 the active membership of the Branch had fallen due, in part, to the change of use of Southampton port to include more passenger ships as merchant shipping declined.
We currently hold no individual records for this branch.