Alexander Campbell

royal navy

Royal Navy
He is remembered with honour on the Scottish National War Memorial, Portsmouth Naval Memorial, the Park Church Roll of Honour and the Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 3.

The family home was at 14 George Street, Helensburgh. The son of Margaret (nee Aitken) and the late Hugh Campbell (gardener).

Alexander Campbell was brought up in Helensburgh, the son of a gardener.

He was already in the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war. HMS Good Hope was ordered to the South Atlantic to block the Strait of Magellan and prevent any attempt by the Germans to penetrate the South Atlantic. Outnumbered by a German Squadron on 1st November, 1914. As a leading seaman (stoker 1st Class), he served aboard HMS Hope, part of the Atlantic fleet. Alexander was involved in the Battle of Coronel of the coast of Chile where the ship, with all 926 men, was lost.

Alexander was lost at sea in the opening months of the war aged 37 years.