Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Trott Lane
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- Street Name: Trott Lane
Name of Veteran: Basil Arthur Trott Dec.22, 1919-
Ship Served: HMS Exeter
Date of Service on Ship: 1936 to 1940
Year of Visit/Dedication: August 2003
Veteran or Family Visit: Basil Trott
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: No
Basil Trott was born December 22, 1919 in Catford, South East London. He joined the Royal Navy on May 8, 1935 at the age of sixteen and first served HMS Exeter. He had three brothers who also served in the Royal Navy, one who died while onboard HMS Daring in 1940.
At the time of the Battle of the River Plate Basil was only 19 years old. HMS Exeter was the hardest hit of all three allied ships. She was the closest to the Graf Spee and took most of the damage. Sixty one men lost their lives during the short but vicious battle and several more were injured. The Exeter only managed to get away when the Ajax and Achilles began firing to divert attention away from the Exeter and towards them.
Basil remained with HMS Exeter after the Battle of the River Plate but left in 1940 to serve HMS Kenya for three years. From there he went to the Wallace (1944-1945), HMS Soleby (1946-1948), HMS Comus (1950-1952), and finally the Whitby (1955-1958).
On January 1, 1958 he left the Royal Navy and pursued a career as a local government officer.
At the street dedication ceremony in August, 2003 Basil said, “I am very proud of this distinction and honoured to know that my family name will live on forever in this lovely Town of Ajax”.
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