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

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.


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]


  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.