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Henry Ayshford Sanford

Henry Ayshford Sanford (1822-1905), the brother of Colonial Secretary William Ayshford Sanford, enlisted in the 43rd Regiment in 1840. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1850. Having taken leave from the Army, he sailed to Western Australia in the barque Dido, arriving in Fremantle in November 1851. In 1853 he was appointed to take charge of the Port Gregory Hiring Station, as well as Sub Collector of Customs and District Registrar of the port. He resigned from the Army in December 1854 in order to pursue his business and farming activities. ‘Lynton’, his house at Port Gregory, was named after a village in Devon where he had lived. Sanford returned to England in 1857 and in 1859 he married Emily Somerset, the daughter of Lord Granville Somerset. In later years they lived at Waltham House, near Chelmsford, Essex. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Buckinghamshire Militia.

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