||SIR CHARLES FRASER VC, HUSSARS MUSEUM, WINCHESTER, ENGLAND
Sir Charles served with different Hussars regiments, won his VC with them and was commander of the 11th Hussars, at one time. The regimental museum, The King's Royal Hussars Museum, is at Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TS.
There you can "follow the story of these famous regiments from 1715, to discover how the country lived and fought. The 10th Royal Hussars, The Eleventh Hussars, The Royal Hussars and The King's Royal Hussars". Amongst items there's the battered trumpet, carried at the Charge of the Light Brigade and read an actual diary from that eventful day, a WWI trench and explore the Regiments latest tanks, using the interactive Challenger 2 CD Rom simulator
Whilst the museum is well worth a visit, there isn't anything directly on show about Sir Charles Craufurd Fraser, here are some details of that courageous man's life.
FRASER, CHARLES CRAUFURD, VC (afterwards Sir Charles Craufurd KCB) Cornet 7th Hussars - 3 Dec 1847; Lieutenant - 14 June 1850; Captain - 21 April 1854; Brevet Major - 20 July 1858; Major - 13 May 1859; 11th Hussars - 16 August 1859; Lieutenant Colonel - 18 January 1861; Commanded the 11th Hussars 1861 - 1873; Brevet Colonel - 18 January 1866, half pay 16 July 1873; Major General - 25 July 1870 (1 October 1877); Colonel 8th Hussars - 25 June 1886; Lieutenant General - 1 October 1886. ADC to HRH the Field Marshal Commander-in-Chief - 16 July 1873 to 1 October 1877. Inspector-General of Cavalry in Ireland 1880-1884. KCB - 30 May 1891. Retired pay - 1 January 1890.
Sir Charles Fraser served as Orderly Officer to Brigadier Campbell at that affair of Munseata near Allahabad, 5 January 1858 and subsequently with the 7th Hussars in the Indian Mutiny Campaign, February to July 1858 and December 1858 to March 1859; present at the affair of Meeangunge, siege and capture of Lucknow, affairs of Baree and Sirsee (horse wounded), action of Nawabgunge (severely Wounded), and throughout the Trans-Gogra Campaign (mentioned in Sir Hope Grant's despatches for "most conspicuous gallantry at Nawabgunge". Medal with clasp, and Brevet of Major; VC for conspicuous and cool gallantry on 31 December 1858, in having volunteered at great personal risk, and under a sharp fire of musketry, to swim to the rescue of Captain Sister and some men of the 7th Hussars, who were in imminent danger of being drowned in the river Rapt, while in pursuit of the rebels; in which gallant service he succeeded, although at the time partially disabled from effects of wound received at Nawabgunge. (Sir Charles also received the silver medal of the Royal Humane Society for this service).
Served in the Abyssinian Campaign, 1868, and was present at the action of Arogee and capture of Magdala (Mentioned In Despatches "for unceasing vigilance"; CB and Medal). He was also in receipt of the "Reward for Distinguished and Meritorious Service". Sir Charles was MP for North Lambeth 1885-1892. Second son of Sir James John Fraser, 3rd Baronet, Lt Col 7th Hussars who served in the Peninsula and at Waterloo. Sir Charles died at Sloane Street, London on 7 June 1895, aged 65, he never married. Source: 'The Historical Records of The Eleventh Hussars Prince Albert's Own 1715-1908' by Captain G T Williams. We'd like to thank Angie Wallace and Curator Major P J C Beresford of the museum, for their help in providing the information.
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