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HMS Ajax

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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Ajax

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Dennis Les. Gnr.
  • Morden William.
  • Pike William Jordan. Able Sea. (d.15th Nov 1942)
  • Reid William Joseph. Pte.
  • Wiles Frederick.
  • Wood Bertram. Stoker 1/Cl. (d.1942)

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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Ajax  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Pte. William Joseph Reid 2nd Btn. Yorks & Lancs Rgt.

My father, Joe Reid, did not talk much about his wartime experiences except for praising the Australians, Kiwis and soldiers from the Black Watch. I have always wanted to know what my Dad did in the war and would like to correspond with anyone who knew him or the movements of his regiment.

He joined up as a regular in August 1933 with the 2nd Yorks and Lancs after being in the TA for three years. I know he was in India in 1937 and Sudan when the WW2 broke out. I also know that he went over to Crete in 1941 but had to evacuate for obvious reasons. It's really this period that I am at a loss to. He got badly shot on HMS Ajax and was captured by the Germans. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag XV111a in Germany as POW 6301.

My father sadly died in 1988 and had a good life but if any of you remember him and would like to get in touch, please feel free to email me.

Martin Taylor-Reid

Frederick Wiles HMS Ajax

My uncle Frederick Wiles served on HMS Ajax in the Second World War. He married Lottie and later called his white boxer Ajax.

Jeanette Moorhouse

Stoker 1/Cl. Bertram Wood DSM HMS Ark Royal (d.1942)

My grandfather, Bertram Wood DSM, served in the Royal Navy from 1924 until April 1942, when he was killed. He served in HMS Ark Royal, HMS Royal Sovereign, HMS Pembroke, HMS Chatham, HMS Repulse, HMS Renown, HMS Ramillies, HMS Valiant, HMS Pegasus, HMS Ajax and HMS Havock.

Carol Broomfield

Able Sea. William Jordan Pike HMS Ajax (d.15th Nov 1942)

My relative, Bill Pike served on the HMS Ajax, HMS Warspite and lost his life on the HMS Avenger in November 1942. He spent time at the Chatham Naval Barracks. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Chelsea Collings

Gnr. Les Dennis HMS Ajax

I have a written document by gunner Les Dennis of HMS Ajax about her role in the battle with the Graf Spee on 13th of December 1939. I also have an audio tape narrated by Les Dennis which I think should be preserved for historical purposes. Is there still in existance the HMS Ajax Association and any survivors of the Battle.

E Webster

William Morden HMS Ajax

William Morden served on HMS Ajax and was present at the Battle of the River Plate.

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