Captain Richard Henry Freeman (16th Regiment) died at home on the 20th of June 1883 aged 47. He was a bachelor with long connection to the army having been promoted to Captain on the 16th October 1865.
His family home was The Rock at Lugwardine in Herefordshire. His sister, Mary Ann Phillips (1839-1892), aged 44 took control of her brother’s affairs. She was living in Reading with her husband, Major Edward Phillips (1831-1915).
Major Phillips was, at the time of his death in 1915, one of the last remaining survivors of the officers who led “the gallant 600” in the ‘valley of death’ – the Charge of the Light Brigade on the 25th October 1854 in the Crimean War.
I acquired the small archive of Captain Freeman in 2012 containing his Probate, some notes and a few letters held over the years by the lawyers.