John Oliver Wyatt

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Commander (retired) John Oliver Wyatt, O.B.E., R.N. (18 May, 1885 – 3 May, 1954) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Thomas H. Wyatt, civil servant.

Wyatt was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1906.

Wyatt was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 4 on 19 October, 1909.[1] Under his command, the torpedo boat collided with the ketch Fortis. The Admiralty blamed Wyatt for the accident, and relieved him of command in April, 1910. Wyatt applied to be placed on half pay, his "nerves completely shattered."

Wyatt was placed on the Retired List as medically unfit due to neurasthenia on 4 August, 1910.

Wyatt was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September, 1914 and was set to work in the Trade Division. On 6 July 1917 he was placed on the books of President, additional, as Assistant to Organising Manager of Convoys. Wyatt finally reverted to the Retired List on 16 August, 1919 and was promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) in recognition of wartime service, dated 11 November, 1918.

Wyatt was appointed as temporary Assistant and Deputy Director of Recruiting on 4 October, 1937.

World War II

Wyatt was exempted from mobilisation due to his continue work in recruiting.

On 3 October, 1950 Wyatt retired from a post as Assistant Director of Naval Recruiting.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Gordon A. Coles
Captain of H.M. T.B. 4
19 Oct, 1909[2] – 6 Apr, 1910
Succeeded by
George P. Green


  1. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 400.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 400.