Charles Campbell

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Ralph•Campbell
Used nameCharles•Campbell
Born14 December 1881 in Newton Abbot, England (GBR)
Died19 April 1948 in Bembridge, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Charles Campbell’s father emigrated to New Zealand in 1874 to become a sheep farmer, but the Olympic gold medallist was born in England and educated at Eton. At the 1908 Olympics, he sailed aboard Blair Cochrane’s Cobweb and, like the other crew members, lived on the Isle of Wight and was a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron. During the war, Campbell served in the Life Guards and the Royal Tank Corps and was on the personal staff of General Sir Alex Godley, the officer commanding the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. As his elder brother had been killed in action in 1915, Charles succeeded to the Baronetcy on the death of his father in 1919.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Sailing GBR Charles Campbell
8 metres, Open (Olympic) Cobweb 1 Gold