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Sir James Eyre
Born (1930-11-02)November 2, 1930
Died January 3, 2003(2003-01-03) (aged 72)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1955 - 1986
Rank Major-General
Commands held London District
Battles/wars Cyprus Emergency
Operation Banner
Falklands War
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Sir James Ainsworth Campden Gabriel Eyre KCVO CBE (2 November 1930 – 3 January 2003) was Major-General Commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District.

Military career

Educated privately in the United States and at Harvard University, Eyre was commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards in 1955.[1] He served in Cyprus and was mentioned in dispatches for his role as an intelligence officer during the EOKA disturbances.[2] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the Blues and Royals (RHG/D) in 1970.[1] After serving as a General Staff Officer in London District from 1973 to 1975 he became Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment and Silver Stick to The Queen.[1]

Then in 1978 he was posted to HQ Northern Ireland during The Troubles as a Senior Intelligence Officer[2] and sought to improve relations between the Police and the Army.[1] In 1980 he was made Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee at the Ministry of Defence, serving in that capacity there during the Falklands War, and in 1982 he became Director of Defence Programmes there.[1]

He was appointed Major-General Commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District in 1983 and retired in 1986.[1]

In retirement be became a headhunter with Westminster Associates International.[1]


In 1967 he married Monica Smyth: they went on to have a son and a daughter.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Obituary: Major-General Sir James Eyre Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2003
  2. 2.0 2.1 Obituary: Major-General Sir James Eyre The Times, 23 January 2003
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Desmond Langley
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Airy

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