John Wilson (Royal Navy officer)

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John Wilson
Born 1834
Died 4 July 1885
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Narcissus
HMS Impregnable
HMS Thunderer
HMS Wolverine
Australia Station (1878–1882)

Rear Admiral John Crawford Wilson (1834 – 4 July 1885) was a Royal Navy officer who was appointed Commodore in command of the Australia Station.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in 1834 to James Wilson, Chief Justice of Mauritius, and Margaret Crawford. He was the tenth of 12 children.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Wilson was appointed a lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1855. Promoted to captain in 1865, he was given command of HMS Narcissus, HMS Impregnable, HMS Thunderer and HMS Wolverine. He was appointed Commodore in command of the Australia Station in 1878.[2][3][4]

In 1879, in response to the murders of island traders, Wilson led a punitive expedition on HMS Wolverine against natives in the New Hebrides and Solomon Islands.[5][6][7]

He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in 1881 at the conclusion of his term in Australia.[8]


Wilson's first marriage was to Mary Gore. He married again in 1871, this time to Georgina Emma Blackett. They had two children, Julia (b. 1872) and Alexander (b. 1876).[1]


Wilson died on 4 July 1885. The programmed launch on 11 July of the steam gunvessel Icarus was delayed to 27 July 1885 to allow his daughter, Julia, to conduct the ceremony.[9]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Anthony Hoskins
Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station
Succeeded by
James Erskine