Frank O'Brien Wilson

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Lieutenant Frank O'Brien Wilson, D.S.O., R.N. (30 April, 1883 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born the son of a Colonel in Biarritz, France.

Wilson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 January, 1904.

Wilson was appointed in command of the destroyer Vixen on 21 May, 1908. On 8 September 1908, Vixen sank the steam yacht Parole in Troon Harbour. Wilson was found guilty of an error in judgment in attempting to turn around without warps in such a narrow area.

Wilson left Vixen when he paid her off on 1 February, 1910. He had been inquiring about retirement and was told he needed eight year's seniority. A request for a year on half-pay was likewise refused. Wilson elected to resign his commission on 18 April, 1910. He would fight in the War, and be awarded a D.S.O., as a Captain with the East African Mounted Rifles.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald C. L. Owen
Captain of H.M.S. Vixen
21 May, 1908[1] – 1 Feb, 1910
Succeeded by
Henry de B. Tupper


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 395a.