John Clarke Stewart Paterson

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Captain (retired) John Clarke Stewart Paterson, R.N. (11 August, 1879 – 7 September, 1930) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in India the son of retired civili engineer Robert Stewart Paterson.

Paterson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 January, 1901.

Paterson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 January, 1909.

On 1 October, 1913 Paterson was appointed to Goliath as torpedo officer, and for torpedo duties with ships at Milford Haven. On 28 November 1914, Paterson was reported missing and feared captured after operations near Dar es Salaam, East Africa. He would be mentioned in despatches for efforts at blocking Königsberg in the Rufiji River on 10 November. A telegram on 22 February 1915 confirmed he was in detention, and being treated well. On 21 November 1917, he was back in England following his release.

Paterson was appointed in command of the convoy sloop Montbretia on 5 March, 1918 and promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1918.


Paterson was appointed in command of the destroyer Winchester on 7 January, 1921.[1] On 16 September, Captain Payne reported that Paterson was "unsuitable for an independent command owing to intemperate habits."

Paterson was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 17 May, 1922 and promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 11 August, 1924.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Julian H. Woodbridge
Captain of H.M. T.B. 85
14 Jul, 1904 – 1 Oct, 1904
Succeeded by
Mark H. Roach
Preceded by
Francis G. Brickenden
Captain of H.M.S. Montbretia
5 Mar, 1918[2] – 30 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by
Nelson Wheelwright
Preceded by
Kingsley G. Howe
Captain of H.M.S. PC 66
30 Jan, 1919 – 22 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Archibald A. Lovett-Cameron
Captain of H.M.S. Winchester
7 Jan, 1921[3] – 15 Sep, 1921
Succeeded by
Ralph Leatham


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 900.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 848.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 900.