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Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Adams Drive
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Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Adams Drive


Street Name: Adams Drive Name of Veteran: Reginald D. Adams May 23, 1909-May 1997 Rank: Gunner Ship Served: HMS Ajax Date of Service on Ship: Jan. 11, 1938 to March 1941 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 Reginald David Adams was born on May 23, 1909 in Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom. He joined the Royal Navy in 1924 at fifteen years of age, and went on to serve many ships during his lengthy career. Reginald joined HMS Ajax on January 11, 1938 before the outbreak of World War Two. While at the famous Battle of the River Plate Reginald was a Gunner. He continued serving the Ajax until March 1941 when he was reassigned. At the end of World War Two Reginald spent time at HMS Beehive, a coastal forces base, and HMS Plymouth, a shore training establishment. He continued his career with the Royal Navy after the War and was ‘pensioned out’ in May of 1949 after twenty five years of service. Reginald David Adams died in May 1997 in Canterbury, Kent, he was 88 years old.