Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Elliottglen Drive
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Street Name: Elliottglen Drive
Name of Veteran: Frederick Samuel Elliott June 30, 1925-Sept. 9, 2005
Rank: Royal Marine
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: November 1943 to March 1946
Year of Visit/Dedication: May 20, 2014
Veteran or Family Visit: Robert, Colin and Michael Elliott (sons)
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: No
Died at Battle: No
Frederick Elliott was born on June 30, 1925 in Birmingham, Warwickshire and educated at Rea Street School. At fifteen years old he left formal education and started working at the BSA Factory (Birmingham Small Arms) in the ammunitions division of the company. It was at this factory that Frederick met his wife Elsie.
Frederick joined the Royal Marines on January 13, 1943 at the age of seventeen. He was transferred to HMS Ajax on November 23, 1943 and served her until March 20, 1946. Although he was not present during the Battle of the River Plate, he was involved in the ‘D’-Day Landings, convoy protection and the Evacuation of Dunkirk. Frederick acted as a gunner on the six inch guns.
Frederick and Elsie were married on April 13, 1946. After his release from the forces he went on to work at Fisher and Ludlow (now known as Jaguar/Land Rover) as a sheet metal worker where he helped manufacture body parts for Austin, Morris, Riley and Triumph motor vehicles. He became a union leader at the factory and worked tirelessly for the good of his members. He also became chairman and secretary of a local sports and social club. Upon his retirement he took the opportunity to complete his education and enrolled at Coventry University UK in Sociology, which he successfully passed with honours in 1996.
Frederick never ceased his involvement with the armed forces. He became an active member of the Royal Marine Association and in later years the Royal Marines and Navy Veterans associations, of which he was chairman of the local branch in the city of Birmingham.
Frederick and Elsie were married for 59 years. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2006 but Fred passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 80. They had three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
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