12 Facts About Lord Gambier


Admiral of the Fleet James Lord Gambier, 1st Baron Lord Gambier, was a Royal Navy officer.

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Lord Gambier later survived an accusation of cowardice for his inaction at the Battle of the Basque Roads.

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Lord Gambier was a nephew of Vice-Admiral James Gambier and of Admiral Lord Barham and became an uncle of the novelist and travel writer Georgiana Chatterton.

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Lord Gambier went on to be governor and commander-in-chief of Newfoundland Station in March 1802.

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Lord Gambier returned briefly for a third tour as First Naval Lord on the Admiralty Board led by Lord Mulgrave when the Second Portland Ministry was formed in April 1807.

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In May 1807 Lord Gambier volunteered to command the naval forces, with his flag in the second-rate HMS Prince of Wales, sent as part of the campaign against Copenhagen during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Lord Gambier called a council of war in which Lord Cochrane was given command of the inshore squadron, and who subsequently led the attack.

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Lord Gambier refused to commit the Channel Fleet after Cochrane's attack, using explosion vessels that encouraged the French squadron to warp further into the shallows of the estuary.

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Lord Gambier was content with the blockading role played by the offshore squadron.

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Lord Gambier was connected by family and politics to the Tory prime minister William Pitt.

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In 1814 Lord Gambier was part of the team negotiating the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States.

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Lord Gambier was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath on 7 June 1815.

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