George Blicke Champion De Crespigny was born in Antwerp, Belgium on the 31st October 1815. He was christened in Antwerp on 26th November 1815.
His family, of Huguenot descent, can be traced back to the 13th Century in Normandy. Marguerite Champion, nee Richard, the wife of Richard Champion (1597-c1667) inherited property at Crespigny when her father died in 1624. From that time the family name became Champion De Crespigny. Richard & Marguerite's son Claude left France for England in 1685. Philip Champion De Crespigny was the grandson of Claude & the first generation born in London, 1704. His son, also Philip was The King's Proctor (1768-1784) He was also elected as an MP for Sudbury in 1774.
George's father was Philip's son, Charles Fox Champion De Crespigny (1785-1875). He attended Cambridge University at the age of 18 (1803) & became a JP for Suffolk. Charles married Eliza Julia Trent in 1813. They had their first child, Charles James, in 1814 in Suffolk. Their other children were: George 1815, born Antwerp, Philip Robert 1817, Julia Eliza 1819 & Eliza Constantia Frances 1825. All except George born in France.
George Blinke attended Cambridge University. He entered Trinity Hall in 1832, aged 17 & Lincolns Inn in 1833. Captain (20th foot Reg) George Blicke married Elizabeth Jane Buchanan in Christchurch Cathedral, Montreal, Canada on 11th June 1851. Their first child, Julia Constantia, was born in 1852 at Uxbridge. A second daughter, Georgina Elizabeth was born in Hythe in 1856 & a son, George Harrison, in Folkestone in 1863.
The census for 1861 shows the family living at West Cliff Terrace. George is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the army.
1871 shows the family at 111 Sandgate Road. George , now Colonel, is also Paymaster at the School of Musketry in Hythe. 4 servants are employed, including a 13 year old housemaid.
From c1881 the family are living at 19 Bouverie Square. By 1891, George had retired from the army, but had become a JP. Here they will stay until George's death on the 30th June 1893.
He enlisted on the 29th January 1836. Rank, Ensign. Regiment was 20th Foot Lancashire Fusiliers.
1881-1893 Listed on Norfolk register of voters. Freehold & copyhold house & land. High Rd, Needham.
1892 Regiment, Army Service, Rank Paymaster.
Probate 25th May 1900. To son George Harrison Champion Holden De Crespigny. Captain Auxiliary Services, effects £25.00
Buried 4th July 1893
Notes on the regiment:
He enlisted 29th January 1836.
In 1837 the regiment was in England.
On the 28th June 1838 the regiment performed public duties at Westminster for the coronation of Queen Victoria. Also that month Colours presented at Tower of London by Duke of Wellington.
June 1840 in Ireland
September 1841 Bermuda
April 1847 Nova Scotia
In June 1851 he married in Montreal. His daughter was born in April 1852 in Uxbridge, but the regiment didn't return to England until June 1853. So it's possible he was still in Canada when his daughter was born.
Thanks to Karl for this information.