Charles Gregan Craufurd (1761 - 1821)

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"Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Gregan Craufurd GCB (1761–1821) was a Scottish soldier.

Craufurd was the second son of Sir Alexander Crauford, 1st Baronet, and the elder brother of Robert Craufurd. He entered the 1st Dragoon Guards in 1778. Made captain in the Queen's Bays in 1785, he became the equerry and intimate friend of the Duke of York. He studied in Germany for some time, and, with his brother Robert's assistance, translated Tielke's book on the Seven Years' War (The Remarkable Events of the War between Prussia, Austria and Russia from 1756 to 1763). As aide-de-camp he accompanied the duke of York to the French War in 1793, and was at once sent as commissioner to the Austrian headquarters, with which he was present at Neerwinden, Caesar's Camp, Famars, Landrecies, etc.

Promoted to major in 1793, and lieutenant-colonel in 1794, he returned to the British Army in the latter year, and on one occasion distinguished himself at the head of two squadrons, taking 3 guns and 1000 prisoners. (See the Battle of Villers-en-Cauchies.) When the British army left the continent Craufurd was again attached to the Austrian Army, and was present at the actions on the Lahn, the combat of Neumarkt, and the battle of Amberg. At the last battle a severe wound rendered him incapable of further service, and cut short a promising career. He succeeded his brother Robert as Member of Parliament (MP) for East Retford (1806-1812). He died in 1821, having become a lieutenant-general and a GCB."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Charles Craufurd', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 October 2012, 03:09 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charles_Craufurd&oldid=516939387> [accessed 7 February 2013]

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