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John Ryder Oliver


Army officer. Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, 1855; served in the Indian Mutiny campaigns, 1857–9. Lieutenant, Royal Horse Artillery, 1860–4; captain, 1864; at St Helena, 1866–9; major, 1874. Brigade major, Royal Artillery, Aldershot, 1869–74; lieutenant-colonel, 1882; brevet colonel, 1885. Senior professor, Royal Military College, Canada, 1877–86; commandant, 1886–8. Honorary major-general, 1887. Inventor of a sundial that showed true mean time.


Alum. Cantab.

WWW 1897–1915.


Alum. Cantab.: Alumni Cantabrigienses. A biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1922–54.

WWW: Who was who: a companion to Who’s who, containing the biographies of those who died during the period [1897–1995]. 9 vols. and cumulated index (1897–1990). London: Adam & Charles Black. 1920–96.