Lieutenant Colonel Charles Paston Crane DSO OBE (12 August 1857 - 18 January 1939) was a police officer, magistrate, army officer and local politician.
Born in Yorkshire, Crane was the son of a Church of England clergyman and brother of an inspector in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). In 1879 he joined the RIC himself, and in 1895 he became private secretary to the Inspector General of the force.
In 1897 he was made a resident magistrate in County Donegal. In 1900 he was seconded to the Imperial Yeomanry, a force formed to fight in the Second Anglo-Boer War. He reached the rank of captain and was awarded the DSO. Returning to Ireland he became a resident magistrate in County Kerry in 1902.
With the outbreak of World War One in 1914 Crane was seconded to the British Army, eventually given command of a battalion in 1915 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel and was mentioned in despatches and awarded the OBE in 1916. After the war he returned to Kerry as a magistrate in 1918 before moving to London in 1920.
In 1922 he was elected to the London County Council as a Municipal Reform Party councillor representing Wandsworth Central. He served a single three-year term on the county council, becoming a member of Chelsea Borough Council from 1925-30.
He was the author of Kerry, a travel guide to the Irish county published in 1907 and Memories of a resident magistrate, 1880-1920 published in 1938, and available online.