Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Strickland Drive (Stickland)
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- Street Name: Strickland Drive
Name of Veteran: William Richard Stickland June 6, 1913-Sept. 6, 2004
Rank: Engine Room Artificer
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1939 to 1945
Year of Visit/Dedication: n/a
Veteran or Family Visit: n/a
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: No
William Richard (Dick) Stickland was born in Weymouth, United Kingdom on June 6, 1913. He apprenticed at Whitehead Torpedo Company from April 1928 to April 1933 as a Coppersmith.
Dick joined the Royal Navy on March 29, 1938 at the age of 25 and after training in Pembroke joined HMS York. He served on the York from October 13, 1938 until March 27, 1939. His second ship was the Ajax and he served aboard her from March 1939 until July 1, 1941. He was known as ‘Sticks’ throughout his service.
Dick was ‘invalided’ out of the Royal Navy on November 11, 1941 due to deafness. He began work at Bincleaves Torpedo Depot and later at HM Naval Base Portland until retirement in 1978.
William Richard Stickland died in Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester on September 6, 2004 at the age of 91.
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