HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


Welcome to our site

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.

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H.M.S. Ajax


Cruiser Badge

H.M.S. Ajax


Frigate Badge

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"Nec Quisquam Nisi Ajax"


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HMS Ajax in action D Day

LINK 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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Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.


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Mesothelioma Fund

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This website has recently been upgraded - should you notice any errors or omissions please advise via contact form



The HISTORIC MEMORIAL WALL has now, May 2018, been amended to reflect the revision of the crew list.


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

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The Association has designed a new badge incorporating both the Cruiser pentagonal badge and the Frigate round badge intended for general use.


The Chairman Nigel Masters said, "the new badge reflects the continued close association between the cruiser and frigate members whilst still retaining the identities of the two great ships"


Association items with this badge will be available soon.


Limited items promoting HMS Ajax and the Association will be available in the on-line shop here

The facility is being developed and if there should be any items not there please contact us

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