Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Napiermews Drive
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- Street Name: Napiermews Drive
Name of Veteran: John Napier Aug. 30, 1919-Mar. 8, 2002
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Ship Served: HMS Exeter
Date of Service on Ship: 1939
Year of Visit/Dedication September 26, 2009
Veteran or Family Visit Friend and crewmate Basil Trott
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: No
John Napier was born in Jarrow, County Durham on August 30, 1919.
John joined the Royal Navy when he was 12 years old and served for 38 years, retiring at the young age of 50. He served on many vessels including HMS Exeter, Cadiz, Opossum, Ceres, Excalibur, Highflyer, Nuthatch, St.Vincent, Pembroke and Cochrane. He began as an Able Seaman and finished his career as Chief Petty Officer. He was on board HMS Exeter at the Battle of the River Plate and was serving on HMS Edinburgh when she was sunk off the coast of Russia. In 1946 he passed the Seamanship Board for Warrant Rank.
John married Mary Newton on July 17, 1957 and they had a son and a daughter, Chris and Mandy. In 1958 he served as the Chief Instructor of the new Entry Training Division in the Royal Navy Supply School and proved himself a man of outstanding loyalty, integrity and devotion to duty. He was not a man to spare himself in any way. During his long naval career, John travelled widely and was involved in many events including Suez, Dunkirk, and the Battle of the River Plate.
When he retired from the Royal Navy, John joined the Ministry of Defence Police Force where he worked at RAF 14 MU until he retired at 63. John had a very happy family life in Carlisle with his wife and children before passing away March 8, 2002. His final resting place is at sea at Plymouth, Devon.
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