Ajax continues tradition of naming streets after Battle of River Plate veterans

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Published June 24, 2022 at 9:17 am

The Town of Ajax has a unique history in that it is named after a ship – HMS Ajax, one of three ships of war involved in the Battle of River Plate in South America in the early days of the Second World War – and many of its streets are named after sailors who served in that battle.

That street naming tradition continues to this day and this week the Town held a meet & greet with family and friends of HMS Ajax and River Plate Veterans and Association members, an occasion which included a series of street dedications and site visits.


The official dedications were held on Tuesday and Thursday with Ajax Council members and key Town staff on hand.

Day 1 Dedications:

  • Coates-of-Arms Lane
  • Masterson Lane
  • Larkinley Lane
  • Barden Crescent
  • London Lane

Day 2 Dedications:

  • Chalmers Crescent
  • Cranswick Lane
  • Danks Ridge Drive, Littlewood Lane, Cunliffe Lane
  • Bellerive Lane at Burden Cres. & Finley Avenue
  • Lear Street

The veterans from HMS Ajax, HMS Exeter or HMS Achilles who were honoured with formal street dedications and site visits included:

  • James Waugh Chalmers
  • Richard Michael Cranswick
  • Peter Danks
  • Ian Cunliffe
  • Paul Kenneth Littlewood
  • Frederick Secker Bell and
  • David Keith Lear

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