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Lt. Col. Chetwode Crawley (1880-1963), O.B.E., M.I.E.E., was a Wireless Officer before and during the First World War. He then pursued a career in the Wireless Telegraph Section of the General Post Office during the period between the wars. He was also the author of a handful of technical books and articles written for the general reader.
1880 July 14th.
Educated at Dublin University and at the Royal Navy College, Greenwich.
1903-13 Employed in Wireless Telegraphy in the Royal Navy as Experimental, Instructional, and Fleet Wireless Officer.
1905 Elected member of the Royal Geographical Society, December 18 1905.
1908 He was Lieutenant (Royal Marines Artillery) on the battleship H.M.S. Queen in 1908
1913 Moved to the Post Office as Deputy Inspector of Wireless Telegraphy.
WWI Returned to the Naval Wireless service for the period of the war. Served in the Grand Fleet, in command of the R.N.V.R. Wireless School, at the Admiralty, and supervised the erection and working of various Naval stations abroad. Officer of Orders. of Aviz and Liakat.
1919 Resumed his duties in the Post Office.
1921-1922: Member of the Wireless Telegraphy Commission. Further to the Parliamentary Imperial Wireless Committee of 1919/1920 (the "Norman" Committee), the commission was set up by the Cabinet to provide detailed technical recommendations for the Imperial Wireless chain.
Inspector, Wireless Telegraph Section, General Post Office.
Member Institute of Electrical Engineers (M.I.E.E.)
Author of Wireless: popular and concise (1922); From Telegraphy to Television. The story of electrical communications (1931); and The Ship-Shore Wireless Service. (Post Office Green Papers. no. 12.) (1935) together with articles in various periodicals.
1937 Appointed OBE in the Coronation honours list, 11th May 1937.