Edward Ramsden Priestley

Edward Ramsden Priestley entered the army as an ensign in the 45th Foot in Nov 1835. He transferred to the 25th Regiment (KOSB) on 4 June 1836. He was adjutant in 1838 for five years and served in the regiment when they were in South Africa. He was Assistant QM General at Aldershot in the first year of the camp until promoted to major. With the rank of major he transferred to the 42nd on 10 Aug 1858 while they were in India. He was with them in several operations in the Indian Mutiny including the siege and fall of Lucknow, and was mentioned in despatches for the assault on the Martiniere and Banks's Bungalow. He was promoted 2nd Lieutenant-Colonel on 10 Aug 1858 and promoted to the command of the regiment from 1861. He died whilst in command, on 25th March 1868. The photo shows him sitting, with a white moustache, in the dress uniform of a field officer, in a group with fellow officers of the Black Watch in India in 1866. He has an embroidered crown badge on his collar which, at that time, shows him to be a lieutenant-colonel.

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