Sir Charles Craufurd Fraser VC KCB



Charles Craufurd Fraser was born in 1829. He was the second son of Lt-Col Sir James John Fraser, 3rd Baronet Fraser of Leadclune and Morar, County Inverness of the 7th Hussars.

He had a distinguished military career starting in December 1847 as a cornet in the 7th Hussars. By the time he exchanged to the 11th Hussars on 16th August 1859 he had made his way up to major. He bought a Lieutenant-Colonelcy in January 1861 from which year he was commanding officer of the 11th. He served in the Indian Mutiny at Meeangunge, Lucknow, Barree and Sirsee, Nawabgunge (severely wounded) and the Trans-Gogra campaign. He served in the Abyssinia campaign as Commandant HQ and in charge of outposts.

His VC was won while he was in the 7th Hussars. On 31st Dec 1858 he rescued some men from a river despite being wounded himself from a cavalry action some months earlier.

He was an MP for North Lambeth for 1885-92, became a Lt-General in 1886, retired in 1890 and died at the age of 65 at Sloane Street on 7th June 1895.


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by Stephen Luscombe