Anthony Blaxland Stransham


Anthony Blaxland Stransham

General Sir Anthony Blaxland Stransham, GCB, (d. October 1900, aged 95) led the Royal Marines during the First Opium War, winning the war and Hong Kong for the British Empire, when a young captain.Fact|date=July 2008

Later in his career, as a General and the Grand Old Man of the Army, Queen Victoria twice knighted the General, Knight Commander and Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Bath. Stransham was the son of Lt. Col. Anthony Stransham of the Royal Marines and grandson of Major Samuel Stransham of the Royal Marines, who planted the British flag on the Falkland Islands, claiming that island for King George III. Fact|date=July 2008

General Sir Anthony Blaxland Stransham, K.C.B., (b. 22 December 1805) entered the Royal Marines on 1 January 1823 and saw active service for upwards of 53 years, retiring with the rank of General on 24 December 1875. Four years after entering the Service he was present as a Subaltern at the Battle of Navarino (20 October 1827). Then,after various service Stransham went to Qing Dynasty China, serving in the First Opium War. He served there from 1840 to the end of the war in 1842. He participated in every action of importance in command of the men of his distinguished Corps, was wounded and for his gallantry specially promoted to Brevet-Major on obtaining his company. 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 Corps.Fact|date=July 2008

ee also

*The Stransham family; Stransham
*The 'fighting Wilberforces' are one branch of descendants of the Stransham family.
*Streynsham Master, the royal Governor in India before Elihu Yale, was a distant kinsman.


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