On this day in 1821, at 6.50am, the valet of Portsmouth’s commander-in-chief entered his dressing room.
Admiral Sir George Campbell was lying on the floor. Beside him was a discharged pistol.
Campbell had been appointed CinC in 1818 and was coming to the end of his term of office.
He was highly rated by Lord Nelson and he was a friend of the Prince Regent.
At the inquest, a verdict of ‘lunacy’ was returned – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.