Ralph Wilmot Wilkinson

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Captain (retired) Ralph Wilmot Wilkinson, R.N., Retired (4 May, 1884 – 22 December, 1936) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Ningpo, China.

He was appointed to the new battleship King Edward VII on 7 February, 1905 and just nine days later was discharged to the depot by Captain Leveson who reported that Wilkinson was "unfit for position as senr. member of gunroom mess of large ship." One has to wonder what unrecorded detail underlies that turn of events. On 22 February, Leveson was appointed to the depot ship Hecla, where he would serve for over a year. While in Hecla in October, 1905, Wilkinson was presented with a Chinese tray with an Imperial monogram for saving life.[1]

Wilkinson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1906.[2]

Wilkinson was appointed in command of the destroyer Fame on 7 October, 1912.[3]

Great War

On 10 December, 1913, Wilkinson was appointed in command of the destroyer Ribble.[4]

Wilkinson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1914.[5]

An appointment in command of Narborough on 17 October, 1917 was cancelled.[6]

On 21 November, 1917, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Verulam.[7]

On 4 July, 1918 he was admitted to Granton Hospital with influenza. On 1 August, he returned to Verulam.[8]

Wilkinson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.[9]

Post-War

On 12 November, 1919, Wilkinson was appointed in command of the destroyer Seawolf.[10]

On 6 July, 1922, Speedy lost a torpedo and a Court of Enquiry found that Wilkinson was at fault to a minor extent.[11]

After being superseded in command of the convoy sloop Chrysanthemum in August, 1926, Wilkinson took some unpaid time and then was appointed for work with the Naval Intelligence Division, vice Lovett Cameron on 15 December, 1926. He was superseded in this last appointment on 16 December, 1929.[12]

Wilkinson was promoted to the rank of Captain as he was placed on the Retired List on 16 June, 1930.[13]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Patrick B. Crohan
Captain of H.M. T.B. 86
29 Aug, 1906[14][15] – 29 Aug, 1908[16]
Succeeded by
Archibald R. J. Southby
Preceded by
Arthur F. Crutchley
Captain of H.M.S. Lynx
4 Apr, 1911[17][18]c. mid 1911[19]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edward H. Cater
Captain of H.M.S. Cygnet
c. mid 1911[20][21] – Sep, 1911[22]
Succeeded by
Claude L. Bate
Preceded by
Reginald Watkins Grubb
Captain of H.M.S. Doon
7 Oct, 1911[23][24] – 7 Oct, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Reginald V. Holt
Preceded by
Hubert S. Monroe
Captain of H.M.S. Fame
7 Oct, 1912[26][27]c. 8 Dec, 1913[28]
Succeeded by
Charles M. Blackman
Preceded by
Edmond J. G. Mackinnon
Captain of H.M.S. Ribble
10 Dec, 1913[29] – 8 May, 1913[30]
Succeeded by
Hamilton E. Snepp
Preceded by
Edward O. Broadley
Captain of H.M.S. Redpole
8 May, 1916[31][32] – 17 Aug, 1917[33]
Succeeded by
Ralph Neville
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Violent
31 Oct, 1917[34] – 15 Nov, 1917[35]
Succeeded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Verulam
21 Nov, 1917[36][37] – 31 Dec, 1918[38]
Succeeded by
Guy L. Warren
Preceded by
Geoffrey S. Holden
Captain of H.M.S. Sceptre
15 Apr, 1919[39][40] – 6 Nov, 1919[41]
Succeeded by
Roy Bacchus
Preceded by
Roy Bacchus
Captain of H.M.S. Seawolf
12 Nov, 1919[42] – May, 1921[43]
Succeeded by
Charles F. R. Cowan
Preceded by
Edward O. Tudor
Captain of H.M.S. Speedy
26 Feb, 1922[44] – 24 Sep, 1922[45]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Donal S. McGrath
Captain of H.M.S. Tourmaline
13 Dec, 1922[46][47] – 27 Nov, 1913[48]
Succeeded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Preceded by
Orrell Bake
Captain of H.M.S. Rapid
10 Jul, 1924[49] – 21 Aug, 1924[50]
Succeeded by
Orrell Bake
Preceded by
Frederic G. Schurr
Captain of H.M.S. Chrysanthemum
1 Sep, 1924[51] – Aug, 1926[52]
Succeeded by
Henry V. Hudson

Footnotes

  1. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  2. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 312.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 377.
  5. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  6. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 928.
  8. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  9. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 862.
  11. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  12. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  13. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  14. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  15. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 400.
  16. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  17. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  18. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 400.
  19. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  20. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  21. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 400.
  22. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  23. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  24. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 302.
  25. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  26. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1913). p. 313.
  28. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  29. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397j.
  30. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  31. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  32. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 397j.
  33. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  34. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  35. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  36. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  37. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 927.
  38. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  39. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  40. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 904.
  41. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  42. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 862.
  43. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  44. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  45. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  46. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  47. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 822.
  48. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  49. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  50. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  51. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.
  52. Wilkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/89. f. 47.