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Blue Plaques

Admiral Gordon Campbell, V.C.

Admiral Gordon Campbell won a V.C. while serving in one of World War I's mystery "Q" ships disguised as merchantmen. Campbell allowed a German "U" boat to approach his ship on the surface, then sinking it with his concealed armaments. He also won a D.S.O. with two bars and was held to be one of the most brilliant exponents of this hazardous form of warfare. A Londoner by birth, he made Boisdale House his home for himself and his wife Mary, spending his leaves there with her between 1915 and 1918.


Admiral Sir Henry Jackson

Admiral Sir Henry Jackson. A pioneer of radio, he established the first ship-to-ship radio communication in 1896-97 while in command of HMS Defiance moored off Wearde Quay, Saltash. His work complemented that of Marconi with whom he compared notes. Born in Yorkshire, Jackson joined the Royal Navy in 1869 and lived here with his wife Alice while at Defiance. He was later appointed first chairman of the Radio Research Board and died in Hampshire in 1929. He lived at Boisdale House, Saltash from 1895-1897.


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