Wilfred Frankland French

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Admiral SIR Wilfred Frankland French, K.C.B., C.M.G., Retired (9 November, 1880 – 6 December, 1958) was an officer in the Royal Navy during the First World War. Wikipedia and several other websites record his middle name as "Franklin", which contradicts Navy Lists and his own Service Record.

Life & Career

French was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1902.

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1912.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1917.

On 15 November, 1920, French was given a temporary appointment on the Naval Staff's Gunnery Division under Captain F. C. Dreyer,[1] but in December, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Centaur.

He was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Hood on 21 May, 1927.[2]

Promoted to Rear-Admiral on 25 May, 1929.

Promoted to Vice-Admiral on 11 February, 1934.

French was placed on the Retired List on 21 October, 1938 and promoted to Admiral (retired) on 3 May, 1939.

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
In Command, Osea Naval Base
20 Mar, 1918[3]
Succeeded by
George J. Todd
Preceded by
Henry K. Kitson
Captain of H.M.S. Centaur
Dec, 1920[4]
Succeeded by
Charles D. Burke
Preceded by
Cecil V. Usborne
Deputy Director of the Gunnery Division
10 Mar, 1923[5] – 15 Feb, 1925[6]
Succeeded by
Leonard S. Holbrook
Preceded by
Cecil V. Usborne
Vice-President of the Chemical Warfare Committee
15 Feb, 1925 – 1 Feb, 1927
Succeeded by
Raymond Fitzmaurice
Preceded by
Harold O. Reinold
Captain of H.M.S. Hood
21 May, 1927[7][8] – 13 Jan, 1930
Succeeded by
Julian F. C. Patterson
Preceded by
Sir William C. M. Nicholson
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Second Battle Squadron
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Second Battle Squadron
? – 15 Dec, 1932
Succeeded by
Ragnar M. Colvin
Preceded by
The Hon. Matthew R. Best
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
26 Dec, 1933[9]c. 24 Jan, 1937[10]
Succeeded by
Wilbraham T. R. Ford
Preceded by
Sir Robert J. Prendergast
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
Flag Officer Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
? – 20 Dec, 1939[11]
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Binney

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 1817.
  2. Taylor. The Battlecruiser Hood. p. 230.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 819.
  4. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  5. French Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/199. f. 203.
  6. French Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/199. f. 203.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 245.
  8. Taylor. The Battlecruiser Hood. p. 230.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 270.
  10. Successor assumed command that day. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  11. Superseded that day. Binney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/9. f. 412.