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RADCLIFFE, Thomas, Canadian soldier, born in Castle Coote, County Roscominon, Ireland, 17 April, 1794; died on Amherst island, Ontario, 6 June, 1841. He was the eldest son of the Reverend Thomas Radcliffe, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, Dublin, was educated at Trinity college in that city, and entered the army in 1811. He served as a lieutenant of the 27th regiment in the peninsular war, and saw service in the war with the United States, being present at the battle of Plattsburg. He was with the army of occupation in France, and on its reduction in 1816 was placed on the half-pay list. In 1832 he came to Upper Canada and settled in Adelaide, London district. He served during the rebellion of 1837, and commanded the troops that captured the schooner "Anne," which formed part of the expedition against Amherstburg. At the beginning of the trouble he raised a body of militia, to the command of which he was appointed by Sir John Colborne. After the suppression of the rebellion, Colonel Radcliffe was a member of the legislative council, in which he sat till his death.
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