Lieutenant-Colonel John North Crealock CB

John North Crealock was the younger brother of Major-General Henry Hope Crealock who joined the Zululand campaign in April to lead the 1st Division in the second invasion. John was a staff officer in the role of Assistant Military Secretary to Lord Chelmsford. He was born on 21st May 1836 and joined the 95th Regiment as an ensign in October 1854. The regiment went out to India in 1857 and fought at Gwalior where John was wounded. He attended Staff College and in 1864 was ADC to Sir William Mansfield. In South Africa he was on Chelmsford's staff during the 9th Cape Frontier War and in the Zulu War. He had the rank of brevet Lieutenant-colonel and was awarded the CB for his services. He was appointed commanding officer of the 95th in July 1880 and served with them in Gibraltar in 1881, Egypt in the 1882 campaign, and then on to India. The regiment linked with the 45th to be the Sherwood Foresters in 1881 and Crealock handed over command in July 1885.

He was on the staff at Regimental District at Aldershot from 1885 to 1887, also at Horse Guards as AQMG. He later served in India, commanding a division of the Madras army and died at Rawalpindi on 26th April 1895. He was a talented artist and caricaturist and was a popular officer with his men. Lord Wolseley, however, had a low opinion of him, and his brother. He referred to John as Chelmsford's 'evil genius' and wrote of them in a private letter: "They are both snobs, and as they were not born gentlemen they cannot help it." During the Zulu War he was bearded but the photo shows him in later life with just the moustache. His full dress general officer's tunic has rank badges for major-general and his medals include the cross of Commander of the Bath, Indian Mutiny, Indian General Service, Egyptian medal and the Khedive's Star.

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