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


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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

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Donations and other payments to the Association can be made via the "DONATE" button found at the bottom of the Joining Page 


Battle of Cape Matapan - 75th Anniversary Article by Clive Sharplin


2016 Association events:

NMA Memorial and lunch

Visit to Ajax Ontario

Reunion at Portsmouth


2015 Reunion Report and photos


75th Anniversary Luncheon Report & Photos


2014 Visit to Ajax Ontario Report


Dedication & Unveiling of The Battle of the River Plate Memorial took place at the National Memorial Arboretum Report

2016 Memorial Service - National Memorial Arboretum

On Saturday 9th April 2016 a Memorial Service was held at The Battle of the River Plate Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, two years after the Memorial was dedicated and nearly 77 years after the Battle. Two of our six Battle veterans, Ted Wicks HMS AJAX & Jim London HMS EXETER attended.

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Ted Wicks, Ajax, left and Jim London, Exeter, right with Mike Fox, Ajax Frigate, Standard Bearer.

Report can be found HERE


The 31st May 2016 saw the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland when a huge fleet of British and German warships engaged in the North Sea off the Jutland Peninsula creating the largest naval battle in history. 150 British warships took on 99 German ones and although Britain lost more ships (14 and over 6000 lives lost) compared to Germany (9 ships and 2500 lost) the German fleet was never again to be in a position to put to sea and challenge the British Navy in the North Sea.

One of those warships was the sixth HMS Ajax, a King George V Class Battleship launched in 1913 and decommissioned in 1924, and for the part she played received Battle Honours.

75th Anniversary of the Battle for Crete

A report of the action for Crete by Associate Member Clive Sharplin can be found HERE

D-Day Landings June 6th 1944

D-Day Anniversary HERE

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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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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.


40th ANNIVERSARY of the visit of HMS AJAX to the TOWN of AJAX, ONTARIO August 2016

Trip report can be found HERE



A spreadsheet with 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, along with pictures can be found HERE

This website has recently been upgraded but many features have been lost - should you notice any errors or omissions please advise via contact form

Newsletter March 2017

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...



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Frank Burton left


  Basil Trott right