Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Bashford Road
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- Street Name: Bashford Road
Name of Veteran: Cyril G. Bashford 1916-Dec.13, 1939
Rank: Royal Marine Corporal, Gunner
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1939
Year of Visit/Dedication: November 2000
Veteran or Family Visit:
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: Yes
Cyril was the son of Frederick and Helena Bashford of Redhill, Surrey. He died at the age of 23 during the Battle of the River Plate and is buried at Chatham Naval Memorial.
Cyril was remembered by shipmate Sam Shale in a ceremony at the Battle site in 1999. Sam recited a poem he had written and laid a wreath for his friend and co-gunner Cyril Bashford, who was killed by the Graf Spee's heavy guns only a few metres from where Sam stood. Sam remembered Cyril as “a wonderful chap, 6ft 2in tall with the looks of a young Errol Flynn”.
A tree was planted by Town Council to honour Marine Corporal Bashford under the Millennium Tree Planting Project.
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