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Lieutenant in The Royal Navy saves six lives in two incidents

Year 1826, Joseph Wood

Read by Richard Shepherd – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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December 25, 1826

Morrice Town, Devonport, near Plymouth

Sir,

I beg leave to represent to you, for the information of your Society, that Lieut. William Campbell, of the Royal Navy, who resides in this neighbourhood, has, during the past year, by his humane and intrepid exertions, saved the lives of six persons; and as the Royal Humane Society are pleased to confer honorary distinctions on person who have rendered themselves so conspicuously useful to society, I conceive it to be highly desirable that his services should be brought under their notice, and therefore take the liberty to represent the particulars.

On the 6th day of June last, two children, John and Elizabeth Mitchell, the son and daughter of Joseph Mitchell, an officer of the Royal Navy, fell overboard in the harbour of Hamoaze, and after they had sunk and were on the point of drowning, Mr Campbell, on being informed thereof, plunged immediately into the sea, and, after considerable exertion, brought them to the shore, and by medical assistance they were both restored, and are now living.

In Hamoaze, on the 21st day of June 1826, William Thomlinson, Harrison Davidson and Thomas King having swum so far from shore, when bathing, that they became exhausted, violently called for assistance, and having sunk, Mr Pawlby, a master builder of this place, leaped into the water and swam to them; but Mr Pawlby, from fatigue, was unable to render them assistance, and was sinking. The youths clung to him, and they were all on the point of drowning, when Mr Campbell plunged into the sea, and by his humane exertions saved the lives of these four persons, who have all been restored, and are now living.

I am, Sir, your most obedient humble servant

Joseph Wood

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