Alistair Cameron was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 8 March 1891, the son of Alistair Cameron of Plantation, Sunbury, Barbados BWI. He joined the Merchant Marine and served as Third Mate in the Clan Macfadyean of the Clan Line. He made two cruises to South Africa and Java between 27 December 1913 and 3 November 1914. He joined the Royal Navy on 25 November 1914 and was commissioned as a Temporary Sub Lieutenant, RNR, to date 13 November 1914.
Alistair Cameron was appointed to HMS THAMES (Sixth Submarine Flotilla) at Sheerness ‘for Submarines’ on 25 November 1914. He was then appointed to the Submarine Depot Ship HMS MAIDSTONE (Eighth Submarine Flotilla) at Harwich on 18 February 1915. He was further appointed to HMS MAIDSTONE for HMS E16 as Third Hand (Navigator) to date 23 March 1915. He was Mentioned in Dispatches for his services in overseas submarines in enemy waters – see the London Gazette of 25 October 1916.
Alistair Cameron died when HMS E16 was mined in the North Sea and was lost with all hands. He was awarded a DSC for services on overseas submarines in enemy waters in 1915 – 1916. The date of the London Gazette for his DSC was 11 August 1917 – a year after he had been killed.
Alistair Cameron was married to Laura Roope of Letterwalton, Ledaig, Argyllshire, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial on Panel No. 22.