Graham Francis Winstanley Wilson

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Captain (retired) Graham Francis Winstanley Wilson, D.S.O., R.N. (23 October, 1886 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Woking, the son of Reverend F. Wilson. Wilson apparently did not receive training at Britannia.

Wilson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 29 February, 1908.

Wilson was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 107 on 30 January, 1912.[1] Wilson was diagnosed with venereal disease, inclusing syphilis type II during his time in T.B. 107. Except for a brief period that first summer for the annual manoeuvres, in which he was loaned to the armoured cruiser Sutlej, his first command would prove uncommonly long in duration, lasting until 2 June, 1914 when he moved on to the Marlborough of the First Battle Squadron.

Wilson was ordered from Marlborough on 6 September 1915, and after a day in limbo he was appointed to the sweeping sloop Zinnia, to take command upon her commissioning. He would command her throughout the war, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 29 February, 1916.

Wilson was awarded a D.S.O. for his work in engaging an enemy submarine on 8 May, 1917.

Wilson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1920.

Wilson was loaned to the Royal Australian Navy from 25 April, 1924 to 12 June, 1926.

Wilson was placed on the Retired List at his own request at the rank of Captain on 21 November, 1932.

World War II

Wilson was appointed in command of the troop transport Vandyck and granted the acting rank of Captain on 10 November, 1939. She was sunk by German dive bombers on 10 June, 1944 and Wilson was captured along with most of the crew when they came ashore. He was released in 1945.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry Purdy
Captain of H.M. T.B. 107
30 Jan, 1912[2] – 2 Jun, 1914
Succeeded by
Gerald H. Thomson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Zinnia
7 Sep, 1915[3] – 17 May, 1919
Succeeded by
Keith R. Farquharson
Preceded by
Reginald S. Triggs
Captain of H.M.S. Cicero
17 May, 1919[4] – 8 Jul, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charlie Forder
Captain of H.M.S. Clematis
8 Jul, 1919 – 2 Jul, 1920
Succeeded by
Reginald B. C. Hutchinson
Preceded by
Ronald C. Mayne
Captain of H.M.S. Rosemary
18 Oct, 1928[5]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Claude C. Dobson
Captain of H.M.S. Canterbury
Feb, 1931[6] – 1 Jan, 1932
Succeeded by
Harold T. C. Walker


  1. The Navy List. (June, 1914). p. 402.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 402.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1919). p. 945a.
  4. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 757.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 265.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 221.