This site is for veterans who served in any of the ships carrying the HMS Ajax name or fought at the Battle of the River Plate (HMS Ajax, Exeter and Achilles) and relatives and friends of any crew members. It is also intended to be a repository of archive material relating to the various Ajax to allow those interested in history, or trying to glean more information about those who served upon these ships, to further research.
"Nec Quisquam Nisi Ajax"
HMS AJAX ASSOCIATION
HMS Ajax in action D Day
www.hmsajaxatcrete.com.au is a website developed by one of our members and covers Ajax's time in The Mediterranean, particularly The Battle for Crete in May 1941.
The HMS Ajax & River Plate Veteran's Association has a close relationship with the HMS Exeter River Plate Veterans and Families Association and should you wish to contact the Secretary, Liz Broughton, please complete the Contact Us form
Donations and other payments to the Association can be made via the "DONATE" button found at the bottom of the Joining Page
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2019 trip to South America
The Association is planning a trip to Uruquay, Argentina & Chile in December 2019 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate that took place off Uruguay and the Chilean earthquake earlier in 1939.
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Ambassador of Chile Presents Medals to Two HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association Members
On Friday 17th March 2017 His Excellency Rolando Drago visited Cambridge and presented medals to two Cambridge veterans for the part they played in the rescue operation in a devastating earthquake that hit the Chillan and Concepcion region of Chile on 24th January 1939.
The two, Frank Burton HMS Ajax aged 98 and Basil Trott HMS Exeter aged 97 were part of the Royal Navy’s South American Division commanded by Commodore, later Admiral, Henry Harwood, sailing up the coast of Chile...
Media link bbc.co.uk
Frank Burton Basil Trott
PLEA FROM TOWN OF AJAX
WERE YOU PART OF THE '76 CREW?
HISTORIC MEMORIAL WALL
The lack of any available official crew list for HMS Ajax Frigate F114 when she visited Ajax in Canada in August 1976 has frustrated The Town of Ajax's endeavours to compile a definitive list for the Memorial Wall. The Wall contains over 4500 names honouring veterans who served at The Battle of the River Plate in HMS’ Ajax, Achilles or Exeter, those who served in HMS Ajax during WW11 and those who were part of the 8th HMS Ajax Frigate crew when it visited Lake Ontario in 1976. It was unveiled when the HMS Ajax and River Plate Veterans Association visited Ajax for the 40th Anniversary of that visit (report and photos here) but the list for the 1976 crew was some way short of the 257 crew. Despite their best efforts to update that list to enable a one-off Wall amendment they are still about 50 short.
The latest list can be found HERE – if you were part of the crew you can make sure you don’t miss out in having your name displayed in perpetuity on the Wall by checking this list. Also check to make sure your mates are there too.
If you or your fellow crewmates have missed out and haven't already updated the Town you can rectify any omissions or errors by emailing the following person Brenda.Kriz@ajax.ca
2017 REUNION & MEMORIAL SERVICE
Held over the weekend of 29th September to 2nd October 2017 at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford with Memorial Service round our Battle of the River Plate Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. A report and selection of photos can be found HERE