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Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Stevensgate Drive
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Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Stevensgate Drive


Street Name: Stevensgate Drive Name of Veteran: Norman Stevens March 25, 1922- March 27, 1987 Rank: Royal Marine Ship Served: HMS Ajax Date of Service on Ship: Nov. 23, 1943 to Sept. 7, 1945 Year of Visit/Dedication: n/a Veteran or Family Visit: n/a Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: No Died at Battle: No Norman Stevens was born on March 25, 1922 to Edward and Agnes Ann Stevens of Haslingden, Lancashire in the United Kingdom. He also had one brother, John. Norman worked as a Letterpress printer until enlisting with the Royal Marines on May 14, 1941 at the age of nineteen. He was a part of the H.O. 94 Squad which was formed a few days later, on May 19, 1941. Norman married Doris Holleran at St. Pauls’ Church in Ramsbottom, Lancashire in April 1947 and together they had two sons, Bob (Robert) in 1948 and Jeff in 1951. After his WW2 Royal Marine service on HMS Shropshire and HMS Ajax, Norman returned to civilian life and re-joined the Haslingden Printing Works, as a foreman printer. Norman Stevens died on March 27, 1987 in Haslingden, two days after his sixty fifth birthday of lung cancer.