Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Graham Court
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- Street Name: Graham Court
Name of Veteran: Thomas Graham
April 21, 1919-April 12, 2002
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1939 to 1942
Year of Visit/Dedication: July 2009
Veteran or Family Visit: Nieces Catherine Wilson(Ontario) and Christina Patterson (Scotland)
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: No
Thomas Graham was born in Kelty Fife, Scotland on April 21, 1919. He enlisted in the Royal Navy early in 1939. His first posting overseas was as a stoker on HMS Ajax, which was stationed at the time in South America. He and twenty two of his shipmates sailed on RMS Matorao from Southampton to Curacao in the Dutch East Indies where he was to pick-up the Ajax. HMS Ajax was known as the ‘White Lady of the South Seas’ and even in Peace Time she had a great reputation. He served two years and ten months on board the Ajax during which time he saw action at the Battle of the River Plate.
Thomas married Jenette Semple in Glasgow on August 25, 1943. They had two daughters and one son; Annette (1947), Jennifer (1950) and Gordon (1958).
Prior to leaving the Royal Navy in 1952 he served and saw action on various other ships. In 1955, Thomas and Jeanette, together with their daughters Annette and Jennifer and Janet’s mother, emigrated to Australia where son Gordon was born.
Thomas passed away on April 12, 2002 in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia.
This street dedication is shared with Duncan and J. Graham.
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