Thomas Ashburnham

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For the English politician, see Thomas Ashburnham (MP). For the British peer, see Thomas Ashburnham, 6th Earl of Ashburnham.
Thomas Ashburnham
Born 1816
Died 2 March 1872 (aged 55-56)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong
Battles/wars First Anglo-Sikh War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

General Hon. Thomas Ashburnham CB (1816 – 2 March 1872) was Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of the 3rd Earl of Ashburnham, Thomas Ashburnham became a Coldstream Guards officer.[1] He went on to serve in India during the First Anglo-Sikh War between 1845 and 1846.[2]

He was appointed Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong in 1857.[3]

He was also Colonel of the 82nd Regiment of Foot from 1859 until his death.[4]

In retirement he lived in Park Street in London and died in 1872.[5]


In 1860 he married Hon. Adelaide Georgiana Frederica Foley.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19253. p. 578. 27 March 1835. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ British and Indian armies on the China coast 1785-1985 by Harfield, A G, Published by A and J Partnership, 1990, Pages 483-484 ISBN 0-9516065-0-6
  4. ^ "82nd (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot". regiments.ord. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23858. p. 2381. 17 May 1872. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Garrett
Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir Charles van Straubenzee