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Gordon Campbell (Royal Navy officer)

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Name  Gordon Campbell
Battles and wars  World War I
Rank  Vice Admiral
Years of service  1900–1929
Education  Dulwich College
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Role  Writer

Gordon Campbell (Royal Navy officer)
Born  6 January 1886 Croydon, Surrey (1886-01-06)
Buried at  All Saints Churchyard, Crondall
Commands held  HMS Farnborough HMS Dunraven HMS Tiger
Died  July 3, 1953, Isleworth, United Kingdom
Books  My Mystery Ships, Sailormen All, The book of flags
Awards  Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Croix de Guerre

Place of burial  Crondall, United Kingdom

Vice Admiral Gordon Campbell & Two Bars (6 January 1886 – 3 July 1953) was a British naval officer, later a writer and politician, who was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre and appointed a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.


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Early life and career

Born on 6 January 1886, he was educated at Dulwich College, which he attended between 1898 and 1900. He then joined the Royal Navy and by the age of 31, had reached the rank of commander. It was during the First World War that he was awarded the Victoria Cross for the following action. On 17 February 1917 in the north Atlantic, Commander Campbell, commanding HMS Farnborough (Q.5) (one of the "mystery" Q ships) sighted a torpedo track. He altered course and allowed the torpedo to hit Q.5 aft by the engine-room bulkhead. The 'Panic party' got away convincingly, followed by the U-boat. When the submarine had fully surfaced and was within 100 yards of Q.5—badly damaged and now lying very low in the water—the commander gave the order to fire. Almost all of the 45 shells fired hit the SM U-83 which sank. Q.5 was taken in tow just in time and was safely beached. On 22 March 1916, another U-boat, SM U-68 was sunk by Farnborough.

Campbell also commanded HMS Dunraven during the action of 8 August 1917 when she was sunk by SM UC-71. Victoria Crosses were awarded to two members of the crew who were selected by ballot from amongst the crew of Dunraven, Lieutenant Charles George Bonner and Petty Officer Ernest Herbert Pitcher. Campbell received his second Bar to his Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

Later life

Campbell later achieved the rank of vice admiral. He commanded the battlecruiser HMS Tiger 1925–27 and served as Naval Aide-de-Camp to George V 1928–29. In 1931, he was elected as National Member of Parliament for Burnley, defeating the Labour leader, Arthur Henderson. In 1935, however, standing as a National Liberal, he lost his seat.

In the Second World War he re-entered the Royal Navy in the rank of Commander and was responsible for anti-invasion measures around Padstow

Campbell wrote several publications, including the successful My Mystery Ships. His brother, Sir Edward Campbell, was also a Member of Parliament.

His Victoria Cross is held at his old school, Dulwich College.


Gordon Campbell (Royal Navy officer) Wikipedia

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