Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Loughlin Hill Crescent
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- Street Name: Loughlin Hill Crescent
Name of Veteran: Edward (Ted) William Loughlin Nov. 30, 1920-Oct. 2, 2009
Rank: Leading Seaman
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1942 to 1943
Year of Visit/Dedication: 1999
Veteran or Family Visit: Ted Loughlin
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: No
Died at Battle: No
Edward William James Loughlin, always known as Ted, was born November 30, 1920 in the London borough of Leytonstone. His parents were Robert and Rose Loughlin, and he had three sisters and two brothers. At the age of 18, while working on a milk delivery round, Ted joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Following training at the Royal Dockyard in Chatham, Kent the reserve fleet was mobilised and Ted became a regular seaman.
Ted’s first ship was HMS Vanquisher which was diverted from Atlantic convoy operations to Dover in May 1940 to assist in the Dunkirk evacuation. At least seven round trips were made bringing home thousands of soldiers. After a brief return to Chatham for minor repairs HMS Vanquisher returned to convoy protection duties in the North Atlantic. Patrolling the northern waters included the hunt for the elusive German battleship, Bismarck.
In April 1942 Ted came ashore in Canada and returned to England. A gunnery course was completed, followed by posting to HMS Ajax. The ship was dispatched to the Mediterranean area to support the North African Landings of 1942/3. On the January 1, 1943 Ajax was in Bone Harbour, Algeria when she was attacked by JU‐88 dive bombers. A number of lives were lost during this attack, and a bomb fell directly down the funnel; miraculously it failed to explode. The ship suffered considerable damage. HMS Ajax sailed first to Gibraltar and then to New York for repairs and returned to sea in October 1943.
On being promoted to Leading Seaman, Ted was drafted to HMS Swiftsure, which was commissioned in June of 1944. In November 1944 the cruiser was on his way to Burma to be one of the first ships to form the British Pacific fleet. Ted was then promoted to Petty Officer. In March 1945 the Swiftsure was involved in the Battle of Okinawa and the bombardment of the Japanese mainland. During this time Ted was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and was demobilised by March 1946.
Shortly after in 1946 Ted joined the Bedfordshire Police Force, becoming Sergeant in 1958. By 1969 he was appointed to be the first full time Secretary of the Police Federation, a position he held until retirement in 1976. He then undertook the civilian position of welfare office until finally retiring in 1985.
Ted married Margaret in September 1947 and they had two children, Gillian (1952) and John (1957). Ted was always a keen sportsman and a firm supporter of West Ham (an East London football team). He also played tennis, golf and Bowls. After the death of his wife in November 1993 Ted become involved with several Naval and Service Veteran Associations and reconnected with the shipmates he had known between 1939 and 1946. Ted was also very proud of his 5 grandchildren and a great believer in family ties. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Biography provided by Gillian, daughter of Ted Loughlin
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