Alexander Victor Campbell

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Admiral Alexander Victor Campbell, C.B., D.S.O., M.V.O., Royal Navy (27 September, 1874 – 2 June, 1957) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Campbell was born the son of L. A. Campbell, Esq. of Notting Hill.

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 October, 1894.[1]

Campbell was appointed to the London on 31 May 1902, serving first temporarily as gunnery lieutenant.

On 31 December, 1905, Campbell was promoted to the rank of Commander.[2]

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1913.[3]

Campbell commanded the naval detachments at funeral of King Edward VII and at the coronation of King Geroge V.[4]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Prince George on 15 August, 1914.[5]

On 22 January, 1916, Campbell ordered that a torpedoed transport Noresman laden with mules and munitions should be beached, having been hit by Walter Forstmann's U 39 off Salonika. It was noted that his action "undoubtedly" saved the ship and a portion of its cargo, though she was a complete write-off.[6][7]

Campbell served as captain of the battleship Albion from February to May, 1916, when he moved to command the battleship Britannia for two months.

Campbell was appointed in command of the battleship King George V on 5 April, 1918 as Flag Captain and Chief of Staff to Vice-Admiral de Robeck.[8]

Flag Rank

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 14 October, 1923, vice Borrett.[9]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 11 June, 1928, vice Brand, and was placed on the Retired List on 12 June, not having hoisted his flag at sea.[10]

He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 1 November, 1932.[11]

Campbell died at his London home at the age of 83. There is a rather impressive memorial for him in Putney Lower Common Cemetery, where he is presumably interred. Oddly, his name appears on the memorial between that of a "D. Duarte" and his wife, Rosario.[12]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral A. V. Campbell" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 4 June, 1957. Issue 53876, col G, pg. 14.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George J. Todd
Captain of H.M.S. Prince George
15 Aug, 1914[13][14] – 1 Feb, 1916[15]
Succeeded by
Ernest K. Loring
Preceded by
Ernest K. Loring
Captain of H.M.S. Albion
1 Feb, 1916[16] – 18 May, 1916[17]
Succeeded by
Frederick A. Powlett
Preceded by
Henry G. G. Sandeman
Captain of H.M.S. Britannia
18 May, 1916[18] – 19 Jul, 1916[19]
Succeeded by
Stuart St. J. Farquhar
Preceded by
William Bowden-Smith
Flag Captain at the Nore
19 Jul, 1916[20] – 1 Apr, 1918[21]
Succeeded by
Cecil M. Staveley
Preceded by
John W. L. McClintock
Captain of H.M.S. King George V
5 Apr, 1918[22][23] – 22 Mar, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Arthur J. Davies
Preceded by
Henry W. Parker
Captain of the Fleet
26 Aug, 1919[25]
Succeeded by
Eric J. A. Fullerton
as Captain of the Fleet, Atlantic Fleet
Preceded by
Louis C. S. Woollcombe
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham
3 May, 1922[26] – 1 Nov, 1923[27]
Succeeded by
Eric J. A. Fullerton
Preceded by
Charles D. Johnson
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
1 Feb, 1926[28]c. 9 Jul, 1928[29]
Succeeded by
Francis H. Mitchell
 

Footnotes

  1. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 13.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 28733. p. 4640. 1 July, 1913.
  4. Obituary. The Times, 4 June, 1957.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 375.
  6. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  7. Uboat.net page on Norseman.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 825.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 32886. p. 8537. 7 December, 1923.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 33394. p. 4108. 15 June, 1928.
  11. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  12. Email to Tone from Alan Stokes, 20170624.
  13. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 465.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397c.
  15. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  16. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  17. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  18. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 465.
  19. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  20. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  21. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  22. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 825.
  23. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  24. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  25. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 465.
  26. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 465.
  27. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 465.
  28. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 221.
  29. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/521. f. 221.