How did General Dyer Died?

By Devyani Singh|Updated : July 28th, 2022

General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer had been isolated in his final years due to paralysis and speechlessness brought on by a series of strokes. Eventually, he died on 23 July 1927 because of cerebral haemorrhage and arteriosclerosis, a condition brought on by the series of strokes he suffered from. 

How did General Dyer Die?

General Reginald Dyer is a well-known name. He was the officer-in-charge in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919. Dyer’s military career started with a brief stint in the British Army before he transferred to work in the Presidency armies of India. He was a temporary brigadier-general when he fired openly upon a peaceful gathering of Indians at Jallianwala Bagh on 13th April 1919. 

He was called "the Butcher of Amritsar" for this cold-blooded killing of hundreds of protestors. The gathering was protesting the arrest of two Indian freedom fighters, Dr Kitchlew and Dr Satya Pal when they were fired upon while Dyer and his crew blocked the only exit of the area.

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre is a tragedy that is still mourned with no formal apology sanctioned by the British Crown. The official number of deaths in the fire was 379. However, the real number goes up to 1500. 

Dyer was removed and was criticised for his action in both countries, India and Britain. He died from a series of complications that occurred due to multiple strokes on 23rd July 1927.

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