The two websites I had a Brief look at was Forces War Records (Sophie Edwards) and My Heritage that claim to have a few billion records to access. Believe it or not they have over 22,000 references to George Edmunds. That of course is misleading and they are not just military references.
The other misleading information pumped out by most of these websites is that they provide a free service but that only extends for a few days or just a joining fee. As soon as you want to do the records research you have to pay up front.
I noticed a number of factors in the newspaper cuttings that reflected George's military service. The one that jumped out of the page was the fact? that George served in both the Crimean War and The Indian Mutiny. If George Edmunds served in just one regiment throughout his military career then we could narrow things right down. However, I don't know of any regiment that served in both theatres. That is not to say that there were none. Of course, he could have seen service in two or more regiments/battalions. That makes research difficult.
I only had to study in depth, two regiments...the 65th and 84th that made up The York & Lancaster Regiment and I can say from the start that George did not serve with the 65th. However, he might well have served with the 84th in India, during the Mutiny but not in the Crimea because the 84th were never there. That is as much as I can say here but there are a number of other military units to 'eliminate' before you reach your goal.
Lastly, I always used to advise researchers when they came to the museum that they had to have what I called 'a starter for ten' ....something to start the ball rolling. Your George Edmunds had a number, rank and name. He served in one or more units that were either infantry, cavalry or artillery. All you have is his name, but that might just be your starter for ten and lead to more snippets. The 'fact' that he was involved in 27 actions during the Indian Mutiny is impressive but is that information accurate or fake news. I don't dispute the claim but once again, you might find that there was no single regimental battalion or derivative that was present at 27 battles/actions...but that is for you to research. So good luck with it.
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