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William Eyre (1879-1915) - Capt 12 th  Bn Royal Welsh Regiment (att 1 st  Lancashire Fusiliers) William   Eyre    was   born   on   the   25 th    March   1879,   the   only   son   of   miller   and   farmer   William   Eyre   and   his   wife   Mary   (nee   Padgin)   in Cresswell, Derbyshire. William   is   still   living   at   home   in   the   1891   census,   although   the   family   have   moved   to   Retford   in   Nottinghamshire,   and   he   was   in   turn both a pupil and then later a master at King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford. According   to   “The   Retfordian”   alumni   magazine   of   summer   1924 …”He   first   came   to   the   School   in   September,   1889,   and   distinguished himself   both   in   scholastic   work   and   in   the   cricket   field.      After   having   matriculated   at   London   University   he   left   in   July,   1895,   and   went   to Firth   College   at   Sheffield,   from   where   he   took   his   London   B.Sc.   with   honours.   He   returned   to   Retford,   as   Science   Master   in   1899,   and remained   with   us   till   1906.   He   then   went   to   Cranbrook   Grammar   School,   and   a   year   later   was   appointed   Science   Master   at   Christ's Hospital.” He   took   an   active   role   in   the   Christ’s   Hospital   Officer   Training   Corps   and   by   1908   had   attained   the   rank   of   Captain   and   was   attached   to the Territorial Force. In   December   1914   he   applied   for   a   commission   in   the   army   and   was   appointed   Captain   in   the   8 th Welsh   Fusiliers   on   7 th    December 1914.   William   was   soon   transferred   to   the   12 th    Battalion   and   then   attached   to   the   1 st    Lancashire   Fusiliers   with   whom   he   went   to Gallipoli in July 1915. In   August   1915   he   was   with   the   Regiment   near   their   arrival   point   at   Gully   Beach.   The   next   few   days   were   taken   up   with   alternately manning   the   trenches   and   various   barricades   and   it   was   on   the   7 th    August,   whilst   moving   to   reinforce   the   north   and   south   barricades that   William   was   wounded.   The   War   Diary   gives   little   detail   other   than   the   fact   that   during   this   operation   A   and   C   Companies   came under attack and a number of casualties were sustained. William’s   wound   was   serious   and   he   was   shipped   straightaway   to   hospital   in   Alexandria,   Egypt,   arriving   there   on   the   10 th    August.   His casualty   form   and   the   notes   from   the   19 th    General   Hospital   state   that   he   had   been   shot   in   the   chest   and   despite   medical   attention   he died from these wounds on the 19 th  August. William   Eyre   was   buried   in   Alexandria   (Chatby)   Military   and   War   Memorial   Cemetery.      He   is   also   commemorated   at   his   old   school   in Retford   where   a   Fives   court,   endowed   by   his   mother   in   her   son’s   memory,   carries   a   memorial   tablet,   and   on   War   Memorials   in   St Michaels’ Church Retford and in the Market Square, Retford. For his service he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. His service record survives and can be found at the National Archives in Kew.
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