MILITARY OPERATIONS AT CABUL: Which ended in the Retreat and Destruction of the British Army in January 1842

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Vincent Eyre (1811-1881) had a distinguished military career in Afghanistan and India. Blockaded in Cabul in 1840 and seriously wounded in a sortie, Eyre and his family were among the hostages kept by Akber Khan in return for permission to evacuate the British force. He also distinguished himself in the Indian mutiny of 1857, leading a force that relieved government employees at Arrah and defeating the Koor Singh. For this feat he was later awarded the Star of India, second-class. He remained in the army until his retirement in 1863, by which time he had achieved the rank of Major-General. He remained active until his death and with his wife helped to organize an ambulance service in France during the Franco-Prussian War.

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