William Frederic Wake-Walker

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Admiral William Frederic Wake-Walker, C.B.E., Royal Navy (2 March, 1888 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1908.[1]

He qualified for torpedo duties on 25 August, 1911 with 1724 of 2000 marks awarded. On 28 June, 1912, he qualified as Lieutenant (T).[2]

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1916. On 11 July, he was appointed to Ramillies to be her torpedo officer upon commissioning. He'd remain her torpedo officer until 7 April, 1919.[3]

Post-War

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1920.[4]

In 1922 he was thanked for his zeal and contributions in developing the W torpedo and for creating a modified Torpedo Control Disc.[5] These were perhaps the Torpedo Control Disc Mark II** and Torpedo Control Disc Mark III* mentioned in the Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1922.[6]

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1927.[7]

Wake-Walker was appointed in command of the light cruiser Castor in May, 1929.

He worked on the "W" torpedo. His contributions were such that he was offered a "further and final award of 100 guineas" in the 1930s.[8]

On 13 August 1934, while Wake-Walker was captain of the light cruiser Dragon and navigating in the harbour of Montreal, the cruiser collided with a moored oil bunkering steamer, Maplebranch, sinking her. Wake-Walker was found liable for the accident in a civil hearing despite his protestations that he was manoeuvring to avoid a third vessel.

He was appointed in command of the battleship Revenge in January, 1938.

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 10 January, 1939.[9]

World War II

Wake-Walker saw considerable service in World War II. He was mentioned in despatches on 20 December, 1940 in recognition of his services in the field in March/June during the evacuation from Dunkirk. He was awarded his C.B.E. for his role in destroying the battleship Bismarck as Rear Admiral Commanding First Cruiser Squadron.[10]

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 6 April, 1942.[11]

Wake-Walker was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 8 May, 1945.[12]

He died unexpectedly on 24 September, 1945 after having been appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean just earlier that month.[13]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Wilfred N. Custance
Captain of H.M.S. Castor
17 May, 1929[14] – 18 Jul, 1930[15]
Succeeded by
Henry J. Haynes
Preceded by
Ernest J. Spooner
Captain of H.M.S. Dragon
8 Sep, 1932[16] – Aug, 1935
Succeeded by
Frederick R. M. Johnson
Preceded by
William B. Mackenzie
Director of Torpedoes and Mining
29 Oct, 1935[17] – 3 Jan, 1938[18]
Succeeded by
John U. P. Fitzgerald
Preceded by
Roderick B. T. Miles
Captain of H.M.S. Revenge
3 Jan, 1938[19] – 30 Dec, 1938[20]
Succeeded by
Roland F. B. Swinley
Preceded by
Rosslyn E. Wemyss
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Twelfth Cruiser Squadron
9 Sep, 1939[21] – 28 Oct, 1939[22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Charles E. Kennedy-Purvis
Rear-Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron
Jan, 1941 – Feb, 1942
Succeeded by
Louis H. K. Hamilton
Preceded by
Bruce A. Fraser
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
?
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  2. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  3. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  4. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  5. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  6. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1922. p. 160.
  7. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  8. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  9. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  10. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  11. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  12. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  13. Wikipedia.
  14. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  15. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  16. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 233.
  17. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  18. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  19. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  20. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  21. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  22. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.