Admiral found dead

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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.