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H.M.S. Ajax at Crete is a website created in honour of Robert (Bob) John Sharplin, his shipmates, and every other person who served on the first and second Ajax. We also dedicate the website to the Town of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, whose community named their town after this ship and its streets after the names of the crews of not only both ships but also those who served in the other Royal Naval ships that took part in the Battle of the River Plate, Achilles and Exeter. Bob’s name is commemorated there by “Sharplin Drive”.
This site’s original intention was purely to promote sales of prints of the painting commissioned by Clive and Wendy Sharplin, the children of Bob Sharplin, to commemorate the 100 years of their father’s death. The website also describes the detail of the action behind it and its historical place in World War 2. With the increasing amount of information uncovered during the research for the painting, the early decision was made to widen the project. The information gathered could be easily accessed by Bob’s family or possibly to assist others in their branch of research, hence the creation of the website.