Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Harman Drive
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- Street Name: Harman Drive
Name of Veteran: George William Harman Feb. 19, 1901-1976
Rank: Chief Yeoman of Signals
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1937 to 1939
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
George William Harman was born in 1901 to Royal Navy veteran George Harman and Adeline Harriet Harman in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, U.K. George joined the Royal Navy on January 25, 1917 just before his sixteenth birthday and was trained at HMS Ganges along with the other new recruits. He was ranked as a Boy 2nd Class.
During World War One George served several ships including HMS Orion and HMS Engadine.
He joined HMS Ajax on April 25, 1925, the same year he married Ethel M. Edmunds. He served the Ajax until the end of the year when he left for more training at HMS Pembroke. From there he joined HMS Royal Oak, a Battleship in the Mediterranean Fleet. On February 16, 1931 George signed on for a further 9 year engagement with the Royal Navy in order to complete time to make Pension.
Before the outbreak of World War Two George was again assigned to HMS Ajax. On December 30, 1937 he joined the cruiser in the America and West Indies Station.
George received several medals for his involvement in both World War One and World War Two; 1914 –1918 British War Medal and a Victory Medal as a Signal Boy, the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Africa Star with clasp North Africa 1942-43, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939 –1945 British War Medal with Mention in Despatches Oak Leaf and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Captain Woodhouse of HMS Ajax wrote of George Harman;
“Throughout the action displayed conspicuous coolness, efficiency and devotion to duty and set a fine example”
Rear Admiral Harwood wrote;
Chief Yeoman of Signals Harman was in attendance on me during the Action and I fully concur with the remarks of the Commanding Officer, HMS Ajax.
Recommend for Mention in Despatches
George retired from the Royal Navy on January 23, 1946. He died in 1976 at the age of seventy five.
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