Wilfrid Rupert Patterson, RN

Born  20 Nov 1893Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died  15 Dec 1954(61)Belfast, Northern Ireland

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15 May 1911 Mid.
15 Sep 1913 A/S.Lt.
30 Apr 1914 S.Lt.
30 Jul 1915 Lt.
30 Jul 1923 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1928 Cdr.
30 Jun 1933 Capt.
28 Jul 1942 Rear-Admiral
15 Mar 1946 Vice-Admiral
3 Aug 1949 Admiral

Retired: 1 Dec 1950


20 May 1937 CVO
14 Oct 1941 CB
13 Feb 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
11 Jun 1946 CBE
12 Jun 1947 KCB

Warship Commands listed for Wilfrid Rupert Patterson, RN

HMAS Canberra (D 33)Capt.Heavy cruiser12 Apr 19385 Jun 1940
HMS King George V (41)Capt.Battleship31 Jul 19406 May 1942

Career information

Capt Wilfrid Rupert Patterson was Cdre2 Cdg Australian Squadron 2/9/39-31/10/39.

Events related to this officer

Battleship HMS King George V (41)

2 Apr 1941
Around 1100A/2, the battleship HMS King George V (Capt. W.R. Patterson, CVO, RN, flying the flag of A/Adm. J.C. Tovey, KCB, DSO, RN), heavy cruiser HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN) and HMS Matabele (Cdr. R.St.V. Sherbrooke, DSO, RN) departed Scapa Flow to patrol off the Bay of Biscay.

At 1215Z/4, the destroyers were detached to refuel at Londonderry where they arrived at 0600A/6.

At 1845Z/6, HMS London was detached for other duties.

At 0430A/8, the light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.M. Burrough, CB, RN) joined coming from Greenock.

Around 0945A/8, the destroyers HMS Somali, HMS Bedouin, HMS Mashona and HMS Matabele rejoined from fuelling at Londonderry.

At 2000Z/8, HMS King George V, HMS Somali, HMS Bedouin, HMS Mashona and HMS Matabele departed patrol to return to Scapa Flow. HMS Kenya was ordered to make rendezvous with the 'Hood-Group'.

At 0600A/10, HMS Matabele was detached to proceed to Barrow-in-Furness for repairs.

At 1542A/10, HMS Bedouin is ordered to proceed to position 58°42'N, 09°41'W, to the north-west of St.Kilda, where a merchant vessel was reported to be on fire with survivors abandoning ship. HMS Bedouin did not find anything however and arrived at Scapa Flow on the 12th.

Around 1830A/10, HMS King George V, HMS Somali and HMS Mashona arrived at Scapa Flow. (1)

21 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The battleship HMS King George V (Capt. W.R. Patterson, CB, CVO, RN, flying the flag of A/Admiral J.C. Tovey, KCB, KBE, DSO, RN, C-in-C Home Fleet), aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, CBE, RN) departed Hvalfiord for exercises. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. R.G. Onslow, RN), HMS Matabele (Cdr. A.C. Stanford, DSC, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN), i>HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN) and HMS Escapade (Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN).

HMS Victorious, HMS Tartar, HMS Matabele and HMS Ashanti returned to harbour in the evening. HMS King George V and the other destroyers remained at sea.

HMS Victorious, HMS Tartar, HMS Matabele and HMS Ashanti departed Seidisfiord to rejoin the other ships in the morning of the 22nd.

All ships returned to harbour in the afternoon of November 22nd. (2)


  1. ADM 53/114503 + ADM 53/114554 + ADM 199/396
  2. ADM 53/114510 + ADM 53/115159

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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