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Robert Michael Gore Gambier RN (1904 - 1981)

Robert Michael Gore Gambier RN
Born in New Forest, Hampshire, Englandmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died at age 76 in RN Hospital, Haslar, Hampshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Oct 2018
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Robert Gambier RN was born in Hampshire, England.



Robert Michael Gore Gambier, known as "Robin", was born in the New Forest, Hampshire, England, on 1st November 1904. His parents were Michael Seymour Gore Gambier and Irene Marion Bentley, of Suddon House, Wincanton, Somerset.

In adult life he became a Royal Navy officer. He served aboard a number of ahips, submarines and submarine depot ships.

In 1931 he married Rosemary Caroline James (15 Jul 1909 - 28 May 1986), the daughter of Capt. Arthur Parkinson James, RN (1864 - 1951), of Woodhayes, Henstridge, Somerset, and Caroline Elizabeth Burnand (1864 - 1914). They had two children (two sons?).

Royal Navy

Ranks Held

Midsh. 15.09.1922

A/S.Lt. 15.01.1925

S.Lt. 08.09.1926, seniority 30.08.1925

Lt. 30.05.1927

Lt.Cdr. 30.05.1935

Cdr. 31.12.1938 (retd > 07.1954, < 04.1955)

A/Capt. > 02.1943, < 06.1943 till 1948?

Awards Received

Commander of the Order of Orange Nassau (Netherlands) OON 25.11.1947 services to the Netherlands

King Haakon VII's Liberation Medal (Norway) Hkn 26.08.1947 services to Norway

Tours of Duty

15.09.1922 - (08.1923) HMS Malaya (battleship)

10.05.1924 - (01.1925) HMS Malaya (battleship) (Mediterranean)

11.01.1926 - (05.)1926 promotion course, Portsmouth

11.10.1926 - (02.)1927 submarine course, Portsmouth [HMS Dolphin]

21.03.1927 - (06.)1928 HMS X 1 (submarine) (Mediterranean)

10.10.1928 - (08.)1929 First Lieutenant, H 43 (submarine) (Portsmouth) 12.08.1929 - (04.)1930 First Lieutenant, HMS Salmon (destroyer) (Portland)

01.07.1930 - (01.)1932 First Lieutenant, HMS Regent (submarine) [20.09.1930 ship commissioned]

26.08.1932 - (06.)1933 First Lieutenant, HMS L 23 (submarine) [tender to HMS Lucia]

16.12.1933 - (01.)1934 HMS Dolphin (submarine depot ship) (for submarines)

17.01.1934 - (02.)1935 Commanding Officer, HMS Seahorse (submarine) [tender to HMS Dolphin]

25.04.1935 - (02.)1937 HMS Cairo (cruiser) (Home Fleet)

07.05.1937 - (04.)1939 Commanding Officer, HMS Otus (submarine) (China)\

(08.1939) - (09.1939) no appointment listed

03.1940 - (04.)1940 HMS Cyclops (submarine depot ship, Harwich/Rothesay) (for submarines)

11.07.1940 - (12.1941) Commanding Officer, HMS Alecto (submarine depot ship)

17.03.1942 - (02.)1943 Executive Officer & Signal Officer, HMS Lucia (submarine depot ship)

25.02.1943 - (05.)1943 Commanding Officer, HMS Lucia (submarine depot ship) & Captain (S) 4th Submarine Flotilla

29.05.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Wuchang (submarine depot ship, Trincomalee, Ceylon)

31.01.1944 - 10.05.1945 Commanding Officer, HMS Ambrose (base for 9th Submarine Flotilla, Dundee) & Captain (S) 9th Submarine Flotilla

HMS Ferret IV (captain surrendered submarines, Londonderry) ??

(07.1945) no appointment listed

01.01.1946 - (04.)1946 staff of Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta)]

25.06.1946 - (04.)1947 Naval Officer-in-Charge, Naples & Naval Liaison Officer to Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean [HMS St Angelo (RN base, Malta)]

17.11.1947 - (05.1949) Commanding Officer, HMS Indefatigable (aircraft carrier)

02.1950 - (05.1950) Commanding Officer, HMS Adamant (submarine depot ship)

08.10.1951 - (07.1954) Naval Equipment Department, Admiralty [HMS President] (for duty with Captain Superintendent of Contract-built Ships)


  • UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960

Name: Robert M G Gambier Arrival Age: 20 Birth Date: abt 1905 Port of Departure: Bombay, India Arrival date: 4 Feb 1925 Port of Arrival: London, England Ports of Voyage: Malta; Port Said; Calcutta Ship Name: Nellore Shipping line: Peninsula and Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd Official Number: 135325

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