smart uniform has the same general features as that of the Royal
Artillery. It displays however a very distinctive pouch belt pattern
that allow easy identification of an officer from the Royal Engineeers.
The tunic is red with blue facings.
Charles Crawford was made a Lieutenant on 1
October 1857. In 1866 he was attached to the 8th company of Royal
Engineers at Woolwich, and involved in a most unsavoury affair :
The Times, February 26, 1866
A pay corporal of the 8th company of Royal Engineers, named Tylor,
stationed at Woolwich, has succeeded in fraudulently appropriating and
escaping with about 200l. The loss of a large portion of this sum will,
it is feared, fall on Capt. Wheatley, who recently left Woolwich and
joined the mounted corps at Aldershott, and Lieut. crawford, now in
temporary command of the Company. Corporal Tylor was in habit of drawing
the men's working and other pay from the Royal Arsenal, and in his
capacity of pay-corporal he was intrusted with funds to discharge the
current bills. this, it appears, he had neglected to do, alleging
falsely to the various tradesmen tha his captain had authorized himto
defer the payment from time to time on some trivial excuse. On Saturday,
the 18th inst., he was found to be absent from the pay-call, at which
the company was assembled, and he has not since been heard of.
Charles Crawford attended the annual regimental dinner on 11
June 1867 at Willis's Rooms, King street, St.James's, presided by the
Duke of Cambridge as Colonel of the Corps. Soon thereafter he was
promoted to Second Captain on 10 july 1867.
He later went to India and the 1875 Army Lists
specify he then is "Executive Engineer, 2nd Grade, D.P.Works,1
March 74, 6th Circle, Military Works, Allahabad". The Times
precises on 21 December 1875 :
(...) The names of the officers who compose the Staff
of the Indian contingent are published in the last number of the Gazette
of India. (...) Major J.T. Twigge, R.E., as Commanding Engineer ; and
Captain C.Crawford, R.E., Lieutenant W.North,R.E., and another subaltern
officer as Field Engineers (...)
He will be promoted to Major on 17 August 1877.
Major Crawford will come back to England by late 1879 :
The Times, 22 december 1879
The Serapis, Captain Davidson, arrived at portsmouth late on Saturday
from Bombay, which place she left on the 17th of November, and Malta on
the 10th inst. She brings home from India 27 officers, 147 time-expired
men, 22 invalids, 15 women, and 56 children, and also the 1st Battalion
14th Regiment, which she embarked at Aden (...) the names of the
officers who took passage from Bombay are :- (...) Major Crawford, R.E.
(...) The disembarcation will be made to-day.
A January 1880 order from Horse Guards tell us
that "Major C.Crawford, from Allahabad (was) on leave"
at the time.
The end of his career was near, as told by the
London Gazette :
"Royal Engineers, Major Charles Crawford retires on a pension,
with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Dated 27th April, 1881."