Robert Wilson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no:
  • Rank: Artificer Engineer
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Candytuft
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at sea
  • Age at Death: 43
  • Date of Death: 18.11.1917
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 20

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 40 Dallfield Walk, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    Alexander Wilson, 185 Princes St, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    2 brothers  (names unknown0

  • Spouse:

    Elizabeth Wilson, 25 Livingston Rd, Gillingham, Kent

  • Children:

    1 daughter (name unknown)

More about Robert Wilson

Robert has no known grave but is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

H.M.S. “Candytuft” was a British Navy Sloop disguised as a “Q” Ship and was escorting the S.S. “Tremagne” from Gibraltar to Malta when she was stuck by 2 torpedoes from German Submarine U-39 on 18th November, 1917. The torpedoes blew off her bow and stern but she remained afloat and was subsequently blown ashore at Algeria becoming a total loss as of 18/11/1917.

Robert Wilson   Artificer Engineer   Royal Navy

WILSON—Killed on the 18th November, in the Mediterranean, Robert Wilson, artificer-engineer, R.N. aged 43 years, dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Neil, 25 Livingstone Road Gillingham. Present address, 40 Dallfield Walk, Dundee. – Inserted by his sorrowing wife and daughter.  Also his sister Mary and brother-in law, Mrs and Mr T. Page (in France), and brother Alex.

Dundee People’s Journal 1st December 1917

WILSON—Killed in the Mediterranean, Robert Wilson, artificer-engineer, R.N., dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Neil, 40 Dallfield Walk, third son of Alexander Wilson, 185 Princess Street, Dundee.

Dundee People’s Journal 8th December 1917

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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