Anthony Blaxland Stransham

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Anthony Blaxland Stransham
Anthony Blaxland Stransham.jpg
Sir Anthony Stransham in June 1896
Born (1805-12-22)22 December 1805
Died October 1900
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1823–1875
Rank General
Battles/wars

Greek War of Independence

First Opium War
Crimean War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Anthony Blaxland Stransham GCB (22 December 1805 – October 1900) was a senior officer in the Royal Marines.

Background[edit]

Stransham was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Stransham and grandson of Major Samuel Stransham, both of the Royal Marines.

Military career[edit]

Stransham entered the Royal Marines on 1 January 1823. Four years after entering the service, he was present as a subaltern at the Battle of Navarino on 20 October 1827. Stransham led the Royal Marines during the Battle of Canton in the First Opium War on 18 March 1841.[1] He was wounded and promoted to captain.[2] He was awarded the Baltic Medal, having been with Charles John Napier in 1854. From 1862 to 1867, General Stransham was Inspector-General of the Royal Marines.[3]

Later in his career, as a general, the "Grand Old Man of the Army" became a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.[4]

He saw active service for over 53 years, retiring with the rank of general on 24 December 1875.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 19984". The London Gazette. 3 June 1841. p. 1429. 
  2. ^ "No. 20071". The London Gazette. 15 February 1842. p. 402. 
  3. ^ "No. 23210". The London Gazette. 16 January 1867. p. 319. 
  4. ^ "No. 26947". The London Gazette. 14 March 1898. p. 1681. 
  5. ^ "No. 24286". The London Gazette. 21 January 1876. p. 256.