3 CDO BDE Campbell, Robert Adair

Gubbins SOE
By Peter Wilkinson, Joan Bright Astley

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Campbell
  • FORENAME
Robert Adair
  • UNIT
R.M. 45 Commando (X Company)
  • RANK
Major
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct
  • PLACE
Aden 8th - 14th May 1964
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 14.3.1928 Bermuda
educated Ampleforth College
R.M. as National Serviceman
commissioned T/2/Lt 14.10.1947
ADC to Major-General RM, Plymouth
45 Commando (HQ Company + X Company) 1964
41 Commando
retired 1972 as Lieutenant Colonel
ran family home at Altries, Aberdeenshire
married Norma Tyler 1951 (6 children Alastair, Ian, Melfort, Theresa, Shena and Eila)
died 2.8.2019 (Aged 91)
London Gazette 43773, 24th September 1965, Page 8973
 

CITATION:

Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct : On Friday 8th May, 1965, dissidents were reported in the ground control area of the SHAIRI plateau. This resulted in an airstrike which caused unexplained explosions. Major CAMPBELL, OC 'X' Company then as AD DIMNAH, was ordered to mount an operation to search the villages of DEREBE and AL KHARIBA to find out the result of the airstrike and search for possible dissidents or ammunition dumps. Major CAMPBELL planned and executed a very competent and thorough operation which resulted in large stores of dissident ammunition being destroyed.

On 13th/14th May, AD DIMNAH was heavily attacked by dissident mortars. Thanks to Major CAMPBELL's realistic precautions and extreme steadiness under fire counter mortar fire was brought quickly on the enemy mortar position which ceased fire after 16 rounds were fired. It was later confirmed that casualties had been caused to the dissidents. He then quickly established the extent of the damage and casualties and sent a very concise and coherent sitrep which enabled helicopter evacuation of casualties to be arranged. During and after the action Major CAMPBELL's steadying influence quickly controlled the damage and ensured that the casualties received the best attention.

It is considered that Major CAMPBELL's conduct is well worthy of official recognition.

Place : Radfan
Date of Action : 8th and 13th/14th May, 1965
How Employed : Company Commander

WEB LINKS:

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/43773/page/8973

NATIONAL ARCHIVES:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7623343
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