Frank O'Brien Wilson
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.
Reginald C. L. Owen
|Captain of H.M.S. Vixen
21 May, 1908 – 1 Feb, 1910
Henry de B. Tupper
- The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 395a.