Charles Campbell

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Admiral SIR Charles Campbell, K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., Royal Navy, Retired (26 March, 1847 – 8 February, 1911) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1882.[1]

Captain

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1888.[2]

In recognition of his services in Benin he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 21 December, 1894.[3] He was also appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Services Order (D.S.O.) on 25 May, 1897.[4] He was appointed in command of the battleship Empress of India on 8 June.[5]

According to The Times Campbell was "well-known" as the author of the Vocabulary Signal Book and Admiralty Secret Cyphers.[6]

In January 1896, he assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Theseus.[7]

Campbell took up his duties as Flag Captain to the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore on 6 July, 1899.[8] He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen dated 1 August, vice Custance.[9]

He was reappointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp, to King Edward VII, on 25 February, 1901.[10]

Lieutenant Ernle Chatfield, who served at Sheerness from 1901 to 1902, later wrote of Campbell:

He was one of the very non-modern school. Cricket bewitched him and was his main topic of conversation. He kept a cricket ball on his chimney-piece and when I went in with my gunnery problems he would detain me with cricket stories, and discuss how we should place the field next Saturday in the match against ——. Holding the ball in his hand he would keep on going through the motions of bowling as he talked.[11]

Flag Rank

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 7 December, 1901, vice Brackenbury.[12]

For his services in connection with the settlement of French claims in Newfoundland Campbell was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.) on 9 November, 1905.[13]

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 17 October, 1906, vice Beaumont.[14] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, he was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 18 October, 1906,[15] and was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 22 July, 1910.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir C. Campbell" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 10 February, 1911. Issue 39505, col C, p. 11.

Service Records

 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25123. p. 3031. 30 June, 1882.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25837. p. 3826. 13 July, 1888.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26581. p. 7527. 21 December, 1894.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26856. p. 2928. 25 May, 1897.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 2 June, 1897. Issue 35219, col D, p. 9.
  6. "The Naval Preparations" (News). The Times. Friday, 10 January, 1896. Issue 34783, col C, p. 8.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 6 July, 1899. Issue 35874, col D, p. 10.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27120. p. 5869. 26 September, 1899.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 27289. p. 1417. 26 February, 1901.
  11. Chatfield. The Navy and Defence. p. 44.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 27387. p. 8838. 13 December, 1901.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27852. p. 7496. 19 October, 1906.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 27959. p. 7017. 19 October, 1906.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 27960. p. 7110. 23 October, 1906.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 28400. p. 5396. 26 July, 1910.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 242.
  18. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 242.
  19. O'Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 104/208.
  20. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 268a.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 247.
  22. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Wednesday, 2 June, 1897. Issue 35219, col D, p. 9.
  23. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 13 June, 1899. Issue 35854, col D, p. 10.
  24. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 6 July, 1899. Issue 35874, col D, p. 10.