Wilfrid Patterson

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Sir Wilfrid Rupert Patterson
Born 20 November 1893
Belfast, Ireland
Died 12 December 1954(1954-12-12) (aged 61)
Charing Cross Hospital, London
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1906–1950
Rank Admiral
Commands held 5th Cruiser Squadron (1945–46)
2nd Cruiser Squadron (1944)
HMS King George V (1940–42)
HMAS Canberra (1938–40)
HM Australian Squadron (1939)
HMS Hawkins (1936–38)
HMS Folkestone (1935)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Merit (United States)

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 from September to November 1939. He participated in the naval battle that sunk the German battleship Bismarck.

Naval career[edit]

Born on 20 November 1893 in Belfast, 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]

He was present at the surrender of the Japanese.[3]

Notes[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Wilfred Custance
Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron
September – November 1939
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral John Gregory Crace