Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Wicks Drive
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- Street Name: Wicks Drive
Name of Veteran: Edward (Ted) Wicks 1921-July 13, 2017
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1938-1941
Year of Visit/Dedication September 26, 2009
Veteran or Family Visit Ted Wicks and wife Ray
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: No
Edward (Ted) Wicks joined the Royal Navy in 1936 at the age of 15 to be trained in visual signalling. At the end of his training he joined HMS Ajax in 1938 bound for the South American and West Indies Station and subsequently saw action in the Battle of the River Plate. He appeared on both British and German television describing this battle.
Ted recounted some of his experiences while on shore leave in South America. A dance in a local country club while in Rio de Janero resutled in his starting a pen friendship with a young lady, identified in his book only as ‘The girl from Rio’.
In addition to the River Plate, Ted saw further action at Dunkirk; A Night Action off Malta against Italian Destroyers; The Battle of Cape Matapan; The Evacuation of Greece; The Sea Battle for Crete; Evacuation of Crete and The Second Battle of Sirte. He wrote books on all of these actions and described them in full detail.
Ted’s war service ended on HMS Cleopatra in the Sirte action when he received multiple injuries. One injury to his face was so severe that it resulted in a long stay at Sir Archibald McIndoe’s Queen Victoria Hospital. Over two years, he underwent a number of plastic surgery operations.
When Ted was discharged from the Navy he started a successful career in industry. He required many more operations to his face, his pen friendship with ‘the girl from Rio’ continued and as previously mentioned he wrote several books.
Edward (Ted) Wicks died on July 13, 2017 at the age of 96.
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