Edmund Francis Anstey, a member of the Blewbury Ansteys, was born in 1825 in Madras, India, to parents John Thomas Anstey (an “esquire” who worked for the English Civil Service in Madras, India in the 1820s) and Charlotte Filmer. During Edmund’s childhood the family returned to England, where they were living in Lacock, Wiltshire in 1841 and Bath, Somerset in 1851.
In 1842, Edmund joined the 20th Foot Regiment (East Devonshire, later the Lancashire Fusiliers) as Ensign “by purchase“. In 1845 he became a Lieutenant “by purchase“, then in 1854 he became a Captain of the 20th Foot Regiment “by purchase“.
He was stationed in Bermuda from 1844 to 1846; in North America from 1847 to 1850 and again from 1851 to 1853; then he was posted to Crimea on 14 September 1854 to fight in the Crimean War (1853-1856).
Edmund fought under General Lord Raglan at the Battle of Alma on 20 September 1854; the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 (in which took place the infamous ‘Charge of the Light Brigade‘); and the Battle of Inkerman on 5 November 1854. All of these battles were part of the 1854/55 Siege of Sevastopol. Then on 18 January 1855, Edmund “retired by sale of his Commission” and returned to England.
In 1859, by now “Esquire“, Edmund became Captain of the 2nd Somerset Volunteer Rifle Corps, and in 1861 he became Captain of the 7th Somerset Volunteer Rifle Corps.
Also in 1861, Edmund married Charlotte Maria Mogg in Weston, Somerset. They moved to Oxfordshire, then Hanham in Gloucestershire where they had two daughters. The family later moved to Brighton, where Edmund died in 1869.
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