Gordon Campbell

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Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell, V.C.D.S.O., R.N., Retired (6 January, 1886 – 3 October, 1953) was an officer in the Royal Navy

Life & Career

On 1 October, 1907, Campbell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.[1]

He married Mary Jeanne David on 14 January, 1911.[2]

Campbell was appointed to the collier Loderer (soon to be renamed H.M.S. Farnborough) on 28 September, 1915 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1915.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 29 March, 1916.[4]

Campbell was award the Victoria Cross for his handling of Farnborough, sinking U 83 in February 1917.

He was appointed in command of the Q-ship Vittoria (which was soon renamed Pargust) in March, 1917.[5]

Campbell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 7 June, 1917. On 28 July, he was appointed in command of the special service vessel Dunraven. She was sunk from under him by a well-handled and wary UC 71 on 10 August, 1917.

On 30 October 1917, he was appointed in command of the corvette Active, becoming Flag Captain to the Commander in Chief, Coast of Ireland on 12 November. He would be superseded in her in April 1918.[6]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Cumberland on 1 January, 1919.[7]

He was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Tiger in November, 1925. In August, 1926, he recommended a rating named Phillips for promotion and was advised that it was improper on his part to recommend a man with so recent a history of leave-breaking and insubordination.[8]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 April, 1928, vice Beaty-Pownall, and placed on the Retired List on 6 April.[9]

He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 31 December, 1932.[10]

World War II

In 1940, he was reported sick with angina associated with alcoholism.

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Adm. Gordon Campbell, V.C." (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 6 October, 1953. Issue 52745, col A, p. 11.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robin W. M. Lloyd
Captain of H.M.S. Ranger
10 Oct, 1912[11][12] – Apr, 1913[13]
Succeeded by
Frank A. Bond
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M.S. Bittern
Apr, 1913[14][15] – 21 Sep, 1915[16]
Succeeded by
Ernest K. Irving
Preceded by
Kerrison Kiddle
Captain of H.M.S. Active
12 Nov, 1917[17] – Apr, 1918[18]
Succeeded by
Edward R. G. R. Evans
Preceded by
Robert A. Hornell
Captain of H.M.S. Patrol
Apr, 1918[19] – 1 Jan, 1919[20]
Succeeded by
Nicholas E. Archdale
Preceded by
Henry Blackett
Captain of H.M.S. Cumberland
1 Jan, 1919[21][22] – 15 Apr, 1920[23]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Charles P. Beaty-Pownall
Captain of Training Ship H.M.S. Impregnable
5 Feb, 1921[24] – 22 Aug, 1922[25]
Succeeded by
Berwick Curtis
Preceded by
Frank W. Wyley
as Captain of Griper
Captain of H.M.S. Flora
1 Dec, 1922[26][27] – 6 May, 1925[28]
Succeeded by
John C. Hodgson
Preceded by
Forster D. Arnold-Forster
Captain in Charge, Simonstown
1 Dec, 1922[29] – 6 May, 1925[30]
Succeeded by
John C. Hodgson
as Captain of H.M.S. Flora
Preceded by
Horace W. Longden
Captain of H.M.S. Tiger
1 Nov, 1925[31] – 30 Jul, 1927[32]
Succeeded by
Walter J. C. Lake

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 13.
  2. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  3. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  4. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  5. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  6. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 771.
  8. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 215.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 33376. p. 2741. 17 April, 1928.
  10. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 215.
  11. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 365.
  12. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  13. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 282.
  15. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  16. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  17. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  18. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  19. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  20. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  21. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 771.
  22. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  23. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  24. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  25. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  26. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  27. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 240.
  28. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  29. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  30. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  31. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  32. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.