Transcript: Name That Town: Ajax | Nov 08, 2018

In animation, the name of the show appears. It reads "Name that town."

A map of Ontario shows the location of Ajax.

The narrator says HERE'S HOW ONE ONTARIO TOWN
BECAME A LIVING MEMORIAL
TO WORLD WAR TWO.
AJAX IS A SUBURBAN COMMUNITY
OF ABOUT 120,000
ON THE SHORES OF
LAKE ONTARIO.
75 YEARS AGO,
IT WAS OPEN FARMLAND,
THE PERFECT PLACE FOR
A GIANT MUNITIONS PLANT
TO AID THE WAR EFFORT
AGAINST NAZI GERMANY.
BY MID-1941, NEARLY
3,000 PEOPLE WORKED THERE,
AND THE PLACE NEEDED ITS
OWN POST OFFICE.
POST OFFICES NEED NAMES,
SO DIL,
THE COMPANY RUNNING THE PLANT,
HELD A CONTEST.
ENTRIES INCLUDED DILVILLE,
DILCO, AND POWDER CITY.
BUT THE WINNER WAS AJAX.
HMS AJAX WAS ONE OF
THREE SHIPS THAT SCORED AN
EARLY NAVAL VICTORY AT
THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE
IN 1939.

Pictures of the 3 ships appear with captions that read "HMNZS Achilles, HMS Ajax, and HMS Exeter."

The narrator says AFTER CHOOSING AJAX
AS ITS NAME,
THE TOWN CONTINUED TO PAY
HOMAGE TO WORLD WAR TWO.
THE COMMUNITY HAS NAMED MANY
OF ITS ROADS AFTER
CREW MEMBERS OF THE AJAX,
AND OTHER SHIPS
FROM THE SAME BATTLE.
THE NUMBER OF STREETS SO NAMED
IS NOW MORE THAN 600.
FOR EXAMPLE,
THERE'S SHALE DRIVE,
IN HONOUR OF SAM SHALE.

Street signs for "Deacon Lane" and "Hardwood Avenue" appear.

The narrator says HE SAW ONE OF HIS CREWMATES
GET KILLED DURING THE BATTLE.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS
BUGGEY LANE,
NAMED AFTER HENRY BUGGEY.
HE WAS JUST 18
WHEN HE SERVED ON THE AJAX.

The caption changes to "1999."

Henry is in his sixties, with short wavy white hair and wears glasses, a blue suit, a white shirt, a striped blue tie and many decorations.

Henry says TO THINK THAT I WOULD COME
TO CANADA AND SEE SUCH A
PRESTIGIOUS ROAD
LIKE BUGGEY LANE.
AT HOME,
IF YOU WERE TO SAY A LANE,
THEY THINK OF A LITTLE, TINY,
NARROW FARM TRACK,
LEADING UP
TO A FARMYARD.
AND TO EXPLAIN AT HOME
THE BUILDINGS THAT YOU SEE
AROUND YOU NOW,
I COULD ONLY EXPLAIN THEM
AT HOME AND SAY EVERY ONE
OF THOSE WAS A MANSION.
AND THERE'S A FEW BOB
TO GET ONE OF THOSE.

The narrator says TODAY, THE MUNITIONS PLANT
IS GONE,
AND MANY OF THE VETERANS
HONOURED WITH
THEIR OWN STREETS
HAVE DIED.
BUT AJAX CONTINUES TO GROW,
AND TO SERVE AS A REMINDER
OF THE SACRIFICES MADE
DURING THE WAR.

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