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LAURIE, John Win, burn, British soldier, born in London, 1 October, 1835. He was graduated at the Royal military college at Sandhurst in 1853. He entered the army as an ensign in September, 1853, was promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1860, colonel in 1862, and major-general in September, 1882. He was inspector and commander of the military district of Nova Scotia in 1862-'80, and of the district of British Columbia in 1880-'1. General Laurie served through the Crimean campaign in 1854-'6, and was twice wounded, and, as a staff officer, was with the field force in central India during the Sepoy rebellion in 1858-'60. He also served in the Transvaal campaign in South Africa in 1881, in the northwest Canadian half-breed rebellion, was major-general commanding lines of communication in 1885, and as Red cross commissioner in the Servo-Bulgarian war of 1885-'6. General Laurie, in addition to other decorations, has received the Turkish order of Medjidie, the Servian order of St. Gava, and the Red cross of Servia for saving life. He owns a large landed property at Oakfield, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, and in the intervals of his military career has been an experimenter on a large settle in agricultural science and practice, and lectures frequently on agricultural and military subjects.
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