Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Kearney Drive
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- Street Name: Kearney Drive
Name of Veteran: Richard Edward Neville Kearney Feb. 2, 1912-Jan. 23, 1964
Rank: Lieutenant, Seaplane Observer
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1937 - 1940
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
Richard (Dick) Kearney was born in Antwerp, Belgium on February 2, 1912. His father, Michael worked for the British Consulate. He spent his whole career in the Royal Navy having entered Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1925. His first ship after training was HMS Resolution, and he served as a Midshipman.
Dick served onboard HMS Ajax from December 1937 to February 1940 and was the observer in the seaplane during the Battle of the River Plate. For his actions during the Battle he was ‘Mentioned in Despatches’.
During Dick’s career he served over twelve ships, and received many honours. While onboard the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable, Dick received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as acting Commander. From early 1944 to mid-1945 Dick worked directly with the Admiralty onboard HMS President as assistant Chief Naval Representative for duty at the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
Dick married Susan Catherine Edwards in 1957 and they had two children David Neville, born November 19, 1958 and Sarah Elizabeth, born February 9, 1960.
Dick retired from the Royal Navy in 1962 with the rank of Commodore and lived in Camberley, Surrey, England where he died on January 23, 1964.
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