Wilfred Tomkinson

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Vice-Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson, C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy (15 November, 1877 – 7 October, 1971) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Lieutenant on 1 October, 1899.[1]

Tomkinson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1910.[2]

On 29 November, 1910, he was appointed to Mercury for command of the Portsmouth Submarine Flotilla, remaining in command of that formation until 12 January, 1912 when Tomkinson was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Forth and for command of the Devonport Seagoing Flotilla..[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Lurcher on 30 July, 1914, also to oversee submarines.[4][5]

Tomkinson was promoted to Captain on 30 June, 1916.[6]

On 1 December 1916, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Aurora.

Tomkinson was appointed as captain of Colossus from 6 July, 1917,[7] remaining there until mid-November when he was relieved by Charles P. Beaty-Pownall.

He was appointed in command of the new battlecruiser Hood on 1 January, 1920.[8]

On 25 October, 1926, Tomkinson was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V, vice Davies.[9]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 August, 1927, vice Woollcombe.[10]

Tomkinson was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 15 February, 1932.[11]

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Adml Tomkinson" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 9 October, 1971. Issue 58924, col F, pg. 14.
  • Coles, Alan (1993). Invergordon Scapegoat. London: Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0750902337.

Papers

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Stanley L. Willis
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
12 Jan, 1912[12][13] – Aug, 1914[14]
Succeeded by
Lionel A. D. Sturdee
Preceded by
Harold G. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Lurcher
3 Aug, 1914[15] – 22 Sep, 1915[16]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Dawson
Preceded by
Norman D. Holbrook
Captain of H.M.S. B 11
5 Oct, 1915[17] – late 1915
Succeeded by
Samuel M. G. Gravener
Preceded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Captain of H.M.S. Aurora
1 Dec, 1916[18] – 6 Jul, 1917[19]
Succeeded by
Wilfrid Nunn
Preceded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
6 Jul, 1917[20][21] – Nov, 1917[22]
Succeeded by
Charles P. Beaty-Pownall
Preceded by
Percy Withers
Captain (D), Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
9 Jan, 1918[23] – 17 Mar, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Roger L'E. M. Rede
as Commander (D), Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
Preceded by
Arthur J. Davies
Captain of H.M.S. Lion
17 Mar, 1919[25][26] – 1 Jan, 1920[27]
Succeeded by
Albert P. Addison
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Hood
1 Jan, 1920[28] – 31 Mar, 1921[29]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Mackworth
Preceded by
Henry W. Parker
Director of Operations Division
21 Nov, 1923[30]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
22 Apr, 1929[31][32]
Succeeded by
John K. im Thurn
Preceded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
24 Apr, 1931[33]
Succeeded by
William M. James

Footnotes

  1. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  2. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 316.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 351.
  5. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  6. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  7. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 788.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 33221. p. 7406. 16 November, 1926.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 33300. p. 5105. 5 August, 1927.
  11. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 316.
  13. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  14. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  15. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  16. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 392i.
  18. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  19. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  20. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392n.
  22. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  23. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  24. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  25. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 832.
  26. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  27. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 788.
  29. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  30. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 123.
  31. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 123.
  32. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  33. "Naval, Military, and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 24 April, 1931. Issue 45805, col G, p. 6.