Frederick Wilfrid Fogarty Fegen

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Commander (retired) Frederick Wilfrid Fogarty Fegen (19 September, 1889 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy. His name, "Wilfrid" is offered in a variety of ways: "William" in the December 1918 Navy List, and as "Wilford" and "Wilfred" in the some readings of his Service Records. We offer that which is clearly indicated in his ADM 196/52 Service Record.

Life & Career

Born in Malta, likely the son of then-Commander Frederick Fogarty Fegen, R.N., the younger Fegen entered the Royal Navy ranked 56th in order of merit of sixty cadets accepted in the May 1904 intake term at H.M.S. Britannia.[1]

Fegen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 November, 1909.

During the Great War, Fegen served in the pre-dreadnought Britannia until switching to the super-dreadnought Valiant on 1 December, 1915. He fought in her at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Fifth Battle Squadron.

Fegen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 November, 1917. From May 1918, he commanded a series of destroyers.


Fegen was appointed in command of the destroyer Peregrine on 18 December, 1918.[2]

Fegen was placed on the Retired List at his own request upon Tilbury reducing on 5 August, 1920.

Fegen was promoted to the rank of Commander on the Retired List on 19 September, 1929.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Austen G. Lilley
Captain of H.M.S. Porpoise
20 May, 1918 – 27 Aug, 1918
Succeeded by
John W. Durnford
Preceded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Captain of H.M.S. Nereus
27 Aug, 1918[3]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Cundall
Preceded by
George S. Brown
Captain of H.M.S. Peregrine
18 Dec, 1918[4] – 1 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ernest W. Kirkby
Captain of H.M.S. Torrid
1 Oct, 1919[5] – 28 Jan, 1920
Succeeded by
James R. M. M. Crichton
Preceded by
Hugh J. Woodward
Captain of H.M.S. Tumult
28 Jan, 1920 – 12 Jul, 1920
Succeeded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Preceded by
Robert B. Wilmot-Sitwell
Captain of H.M.S. Tilbury
10 Jul, 1920 – 5 Aug, 1920
Succeeded by
Gerald M. McKenna


  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 21, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37374.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 867.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 852.
  4. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 867.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 876.