Robert Amcotts Wilson

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Captain (retired) Robert Amcotts Wilson, D.S.O. (25 June, 1882 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Wilson passed out of Britannia in December, 1897 with the lowest score of the sixty-four cadets who passed out, with 989 marks.[1]

Wilson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1903.

Great War

Wilson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915.

Wilson was awarded a D.S.O. for his services in connection with the destruction of the German light cruiser Königsberg on 6 and 11 July, 1915.

Wilson was investigated by a Court of Enquiry on 4 November, 1916 probing deficiencies in stores of H.M.S. Mersey. He was found remiss in not resolving the matter earlier, and that his employment of a G. Goodman, R.N.R., as captain's clerk contributed to a breach of King's Regulations

Wilson was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 23 September, 1920.

Wilson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 25 June, 1924.

World War II

Appointed in command of the yacht Lady Shahrazad from 9 September 1939 to 1 October, 1939.

Appointed in command of the armed yacht Coila from 2 October, 1939 to 20 October, 1940.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
James W. G. Innes
Captain of H.M.S. Thorn
23 Mar, 1908[2]
Succeeded by
George H. I. Parker
Preceded by
Louis H. Crozier
Captain of H.M.S. Vulture
1909[3] – 1910
Succeeded by
John Fawcett
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sheldrake
16 May, 1911[4]
Succeeded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Mersey
5 Aug, 1914[5] – 24 Jul, 1917
Succeeded by
Leonard G. Garbett


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Dec 16, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35388.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 386.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 396.
  4. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 376.
  5. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 395q.