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EYRE, Sir William, British soldier, born in Hatfield, England, in 1805; died in England in 1859. He was a son of Vice-admiral Sir George Eyre. He entered the army in 1823, accompanied the 73d regiment to Canada, and acted as aide-de-camp to the lieutenant governor of Upper Canada while there. Subsequently he served in the Caffre war and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He had command of a brigade in the Crimean war, and for his services was created a knight of the bath, a commander of the Legion of Honor, and a knight of the Turkish order of Medjidie. In June 1856, he was appointed to the command of all the troops in Canada, and he also administered the government during the absence of Sir Edmund W. Head, the governor general.
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