2015 Reunion

At the 2014 AGM it was agreed to hold the 2015 50th Association Anniversary Reunion dinner on Wednesday 7th October 2015 with a church service and AGM on Thursday 8th October 2015 back at the Kings Charles Hotel Gillingham.

2014 Reunion

The 49th Reunion, as such, was replaced by the 75th Anniversary luncheon at Portsmouth on 13th December 2014. The AGM was held in the morning.

2013 Reunion

The 48th Reunion was again be held at the Kings Charles Hotel in Gillingham on the evening of Wednesday 2nd October 2013. The following day, Thursday 3rd October 2013, we held our church service followed by the AGM back at the hotel.

2012 Reunion

The 47th Reunion of The HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association was held at The King Charles Hotel at Gillingham, Kent.
49 Members and guests gathered at the hotel on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 for the reunion dinner preceded by “Up-spirits”. The guest of honour was Lieutenant Commander Tony McColl RNZN and the guest speaker, one of our associates, was Bob Adams. Bob is the son of “Ajax” Adams who was the naval designer of the Ajax Cruiser. Bob delivered a very interesting and informative talk about his father and later made available the book* he had written with all the proceeds being donated to the Association’s 2014 Memorial appeal.

The star prize for the raffle was a limited print of “HMS Ajax at The Battle for Crete” donated by one of our Associates, Clive Sharplin, who had commissioned it. The raffle raised a healthy sum that also went to the Memorial fund.

The following morning members and families attended the St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent where a Memorial Service was held. Afterwards, members adjourned back to the hotel where the Annual General Meeting was held, the minutes of which are available on the Members Page.

* “A Year At Sea on HMS Implacable 1909” from the 1909 Diary of Albert ‘Ajax’ Adams. ISBN 978-0-9573729-0-0

The 48th 2013 Reunion will again be held at The King Charles Hotel on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd October 2013 and full details will be available early 2013.

2012 Reunion dinner 2
2012 Reunion Church Service
2012 Reunion dinner

Up- Spirits with Alf Larkin & Doug Harris dressed for the part

2012 Reunion ajax letter

Letter from Mayor of Ajax, Canada, to Association

2012 AGM Minutes available on members Page

Guest Speaker - Bob Adams

Chairman Peter Danks with Bob Adams & Tony McColl

HMS Ajax Frigate Members

Left to right rear
Peter Danks 1965-66
Vic Wilson 1963-65
Doug Harris (Not Ajax)
Barry Clutton 1968-70
Ian Darbyshire 1976-78
Alf Larkin 1976-78
Michael Harte 1963-65
Fred Coates 1974-78
Nigel Masters 1976-78
Richard Dalzeil 1965-66
Debbie Steer Town of Ajax
Mike Fox 1973-78