Wilfrid Patterson

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Wilfrid Rupert Patterson
Born 20 November 1893
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died 12 December 1954(1954-12-12) (aged 61)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Royal Australian Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held
HM Australian Squadron
HMAS Canberra
HMS King George V
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Admiral Sir Wilfrid Rupert Patterson KCB, CBE, CVO (20 November 1893 – 15 December 1954) was a senior officer in the Royal Navy. He was the Commodore Commanding His Majesty's Australian Squadron between 2 September 1939 and 1 November 1939. He participated in the naval battle that sunk the German battleship Bismarck.

Biography[edit]

Born on 20 November 1893 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of William Robert Patterson and Elizabeth Fleming. He joined the Royal Navy as a cadet on 15 September 1906 and specialised in gunnery. He was appointed the Commodore Commanding His Majesty's Australian Squadron between 2 September 1939 and 1 November 1939.

In recognition of the role played while commanding HMS King George V in the destruction of the Bismarck, he was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath on 14 October 1941.[1] He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 11 June 1946.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35307. p. 5945. 10 October 1941. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37603. p. 2881. 7 June 1946. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Wilfred Custance
Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron
1939 – 1939
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral John Gregory Crace