HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association


Ajax Cruiser Casualties

HMS Ajax Crew: Killed and Died


Wednesday 13 December 1939

Battle of the River Plate

BASHFORD Cyril George: Corporal R.M., CH/X 959, killed, age 23.

BURRELLS Albert Frederick Owen: Marine R.M. CH/X 1688, killed, age 20.

CLEMENTS James Henry: Corporal R.M., CH/X 654, killed, age 29.

FARLEY William John: Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 151605, killed, age 18.

FOLLETT Harry: Sergeant R.M. CH/X 688, killed, age 29.

FRANCOM Ernest Albert Corbett: Steward, C/LX 21835, killed, age unknown.

(shown as FRANKCOM in various records)

LAMBARD William Walter: Marine R.M., CH/X 1663, killed, age 20.


Saturday 1st June 1940

Dunkirk evacuation, operation Dynamo

MCINALLY John Edward: Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 171498, Missing presumed killed, age 22.


Sunday 2 June 1940

Dunkirk evacuation, operation Dynamo (then under repair)

DAVEY John Gauthrope: Able Seaman, C/JX 150882, Missing presumed killed, age 20.

WRAGG Lawrence Walter: Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 153502, Missing presumed killed, age 19.

PARSONS John Henry Bickerseth: Leading Seaman, C/JX 127584, Missing presumed killed, age 29.


Thursday 27 June 1940

ELEMS William A.: Able Seaman, C/J 44538, died, age unknown.

(Believed as a result of Dunkirk evacuation)


Sunday 30 June 1940

SIMPSON William Ernest: Petty Officer Sick Berth, C/MX 45734, died, age 32.

(Believed as a result of Dunkirk evacuation)


Saturday, 12 October 1940

Action east of Malta

BORCHARDT Roger John B.: Able Seaman, C/JX 173007, killed, age unknown.

EDWARDS Thomas Walter Mayes: Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist, C/JX 128736, killed, age 28.

GAMON Maurice Partridge: Py/Instructor Lieutenant, service no. unknown, killed, age 24.

HILLS George William: Boy 1st Class, C/JX 163325, killed, age unknown.

HORNETT Frederick William: Chief Yeoman of Signals, C/J 84409, killed, age 39.

KENNEDY William John: Boy 1st Class, C/JX 161008, killed, age 17.

MEEK Luther Grantham: Telegraphist, C/JX 149066, killed, age 19.

O'DELL Harold John: Able Seaman, C/JX 157109, killed, age 18.

OWENS Norman Donald: Bugler Royal Marine, CH/X 1141, killed, age unknown.

PRESTON Samuel William: Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 169020, killed, age 29.

REED Frederick: Corporal R.M. CH/X 16839, killed, age 21.

SMITH Walter: Ordinary Seaman, C/SSX 28976, killed

STRATHY George H. K.: Ty/Act/Sub Lieutenant, RCNVR, killed (No record with War Grave Commission)

(Ajax provided cover for Convoy MF4 to Alexandria with Fleet units and deployed with ships of Squadron east of Fleet. In close range night action with HM Cruisers ORION, SYDNEY and YORK screened by HM Destroyers NUBIAN and MOHAWK against Italian convoy in Gulf of Otranto. Two destroyers, AIRONE and ARIEL were sunk and destroyer ARTIGLIERE damaged.

Ajax hit by 7 shells resulting in 35 casualties including 13 killed.)


Saturday 1 March 1941

Troop landings at Suda Bay, Crete. Drowning.

CROKER Victor Gordon: Stoker 2nd Class, C/KX 105493, Missing presumed killed, age 21.

HAND Albert James: Stoker 1st Class, C/KX 97296, Missing presumed killed, age 20.


Monday 7 April 1941

Piraeus, Greece

DAW, Ernest Frederick: Corporal R.M., CH/X 1148, killed, age 20.

(April 6th – Ajax at Piraeus, Athens, with HMS Coventry during air raid when SS Clan Fraser was hit and blown up. No damage sustained to Ajax)


Thursday 29 April 1941

WARD C.A.: Leading Stoker, died of injuries

(Archives show result of action April 6th. However, War Graves Commission only show a Charles Alfred Ward: Leading Stoker, C/K 60082 aged 43 years as dying on 6th June 1943 and buried in Chatham Cemetery (Sec FF Grave 161)


Wednesday 28 May 1941

Bombing at evacuation of Crete

FOORD Herbert James: Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, C/MX 49502, killed, age 24.

GIBSON James: Stoker 1st Class, C/K 60034, killed, age 41.

PLOWMAN Rex Vernon: Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 159332, killed, age 18.

SALT Joseph Edmund: Act/Leading Stoker, C/KX 93381, killed, age 21.

SMITH Victor William Richard: Stoker 1st Class, C/KX 96829, killed, age 20.

STANLEY Frederick: Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 186179, killed, age 25.

(Sailed to assist in evacuation of allied troops from Crete. Damaged in air attack on passage with HMS Dido, HMS Orion, HM Destroyers Decoy, Jackal, Imperial, Hotspur, Kimberly and Hereward. (Ajax withdrew but damage found to be less serious and took passage to Heraklion to evacuate troops)


Wednesday 29 May 1941

CRIPPS Leonard Raymond: Ordinary Seaman, C/SSX 30447, Died of Wounds, age unknown.

(As result of action May 28th)


Thursday 12 June 1941

GOODFELLOW, John, Musician, RMB/X 1453, died, aged 25 (Buried at Khayat Beach War Cemetery near Haifa)

(Reason unclear but Ajax assisted in Commando operation to capture bridge over Litani River on June 9th. On release from cover duty Ajax took passage with Force B and HM Destroyers Isis, Hotspur, Janus and Jackel for patrol off Tyre. Took passage to Haifa returning with HMS Phoebe to assist destroyers which had been in action against Vichy French destroyers Guepard and Valmy. On arrival remained with HMS Janus which had been seriously damaged with several casualties.)


Friday 1 January 1943

Bombing, Port of Bone, Algeria

BENTLEY John: Stoker 2nd Class, C/KX 151399, Missing presumed killed, age 18.

BURNS James Kinloch: Stoker Petty Officer, C/KX 80887, Missing presumed killed, age 30.

DEPLEDGE Dennis Sydney: Act/Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, C/MX 76658, Missing presumed killed, age 23.

MCKENZIE Benjamin: Stoker 2nd Class, C/KX 153069, Missing presumed killed, age unknown.

MCKINNEY Colin Michael: Marine R.M., CH/X 106659, Died of Wounds, age 18.

TAYLER William Archibald: Ty/Stoker Petty Officer, C/KX 78904, Missing presumed killed, age 33.

YORK Charles Eric: Lieutenant (E), Missing presumed killed, age 23.

(Damaged by air attacks during escort of coastal convoy and later by 1,000lb bomb during air raid at Bone. Two boiler rooms put out of action and a third damaged. January 7th)


Saturday, 31 March 1945

Piraeus, Greece

EASTMOND William John Frederick: Petty Officer Stoker, C/KX 86603, illness, died, age 28.


Thursday, 26 April 1945

THOMAS, Daniel, Shipwright 4th Class, C/MX 76908, Died of Wounds, age 23.


Sunday, 3 June 1946

(No details in archives; some records show 3 June 1945; War Graves Commission show 3 June 1946)

HOILE, Arthur, Chief Ordnance Artificer, C/M 36251, died, age 46.

The family confirm he died sometime in 1946 from shrapnel wounds received at the Battle of the River Plate

His grave at Chatham can be viewed HERE