Lieutenant Henry Hope Crealock

Henry Hope Crealock was born in 1831 and joined the 90th Regiment as Ensign in 1848, later becoming a Lieutenant. At the time of the Regiment’s arrival in the Crimea in 1854, Crealock was Captain and Regimental Adjutant.

Crealock served in the Crimea for a year, which included the siege of Sebastopol, before being transferred to the Army Staff at Constantinople in 1856. In addition to his Crimean War Medal, he was awarded the Turkish Medal and 5th Class Order of the Medjidie.

Crealock was appointed to the China Expedition in 1857 and was present during the operations at Canton, the advanced storming of Canton and capture of Yeh. He later served in the Indian campaign, and the Rohilchund campaign, including the actions of Bareilly and Shahjehanpore. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1858 and Major in 1860.

In 1879 during the Zulu Wars, Crealock was sent to South Africa with Lord Chelmsford. Crealock was wounded in battle, but without any lasting effects. He served in South Africa with his brother, John North Crealock, who also became a high ranking officer in the British Army.

Henry Hope Crealock was also a successful writer and artist, and several of his sketch albums are in the collection at Low Parks Museum. They include artwork of campaigns in China, the Crimea and South Africa, as well as childhood drawings and images of deer hunting in Scotland.

Henry married Julia Hatfield at Manchester Cathedral on 8 January 1849, when he was 21 years old and she was 25. He died in 1891 in Belgravia, London.

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Lieutenant Henry Hope Crealock in the Crimea, around 1854-5

Crealock (2nd from right) in the Crimea, around 1854-5. His horse, Beppo, is on the left. This photograph is believed to have been taken by Roger Fenton.

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Crealock brothers

Photograph of the Crealock brothers, taken around 1860. Henry Hope Crealock is standing and John North Crealock is seated.

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Crealock around 1854-5

Crealock in the Crimea, around 1854-5. He is pictured with his horse, Beppo and groom, Private McGowan. This photograph is believed to have been taken by Roger Fenton.

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Crealock self portrait

Self portrait by Crealock depicting an event during the Crimean War, captioned ‘My general appearance after a plundering trip to Schorgoun.’ Crealock has shown himself laden with various items plundered from the town.

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Crealock sketch

Sketch from Crealock’s Crimean War album, showing himself in the middle of a scene of fighting. It is captioned, ‘8th September 1856 - How we took the first ditch!’

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Deer stalking leaflet

Leaflet advertising the book on Deer Stalking in Scotland, written and illustrated by Crealock.

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Turkish Crimea medal

Turkish Crimea medal, awarded to Crealock. This is a campaign medal, given by Sultan Abdul Mejid I to military personnel who helped defend the Ottoman empire against Russia in the Crimean War.

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Order of the Medjidie

Order of the Medjidie, 5th Class. awarded to Crealock. The Order was given by Sultan Abdul Mejid I to military personnel who helped defend the Ottoman empire against Russia in the Crimean War.

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Crealock sketch Highlands

Sketch by Crealock showing himself and a companion preparing to shoot deer in the Scottish Highlands, 1871.