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Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Homan Eyre, of the South Staffordshire Regiment (late 38th), was killed at the battle of Rerbekan on the 10th inst. He was born in 1832, the second son of Mr. Richard Eyre, who was grandson of Richard Eyre, M.P., and grandnephew of John, Lord Eyre, of Eyrecourt. Bent on military life, he entered the Army as a private, but remained only a short time in the ranks, being given a commission in the 38th Foot in 1854. With that regiment he was in the Crimean campaign, for which he obtained the medal with clasp and also the Turkish medal. During the Indian Mutiny, he was at the capture of Lucknow and the battles of Barree and Nugger. In 1858 he was made Adjutant, in 1862 Captain, 1876 Major, and in 1881 Lieutenant-Colonel. During the Egyptian war of 1882, he commanded the half battalion in the reconnaissance in force from Alexandria, and was specially mentioned in despatches. He was very highly esteemed by his brother officers and the soldiers of his regiment. Colonel Eyre married Lucy Catharine Louisa, only daughter of Mr. William Clarke, of Clifton, and leaves two children. A Portrait of this officer is given on another page, from a photograph by Messrs. Falklands, of Clifton.

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Illustrated London News 86 (3 January 1885): 1. Hathi Trust Digital Library online version of a copy in the University of Chicago Library. Web. 21 August 2020.

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