Christopher Cradock
Rear Admiral (Royal Navy)
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 Sir Christopher "Kit" George Francis Maurice Cradock KCVO
Royal Victorian Order
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Order of the Bath
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 (2 July 1862 – 1 November 1914) was a British
United Kingdom
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 officer of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
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. He was born at Hartforth
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, Richmond
Richmond, North Yorkshire
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, North Yorkshire
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. He earned a reputation for great gallantry.

He entered the Royal Navy in 1875, and saw action in the Mediterranean, serving with distinction.

In 1900 in China
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 during the Boxer Rebellion
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, he commanded a mixture of British, German and Japanese sailors during the capture of the Taku
Taku Forts
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 forts and received the Prussian Order of the Crown
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 with swords as a result.

Cradock was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1910.