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with the Algie, Fletcher, Leslie, Morice, Pierce, Turtill and Upton Families


MILLETT CONNECTIONS

 

 

with the Algie, Fletcher, Leslie, Morice, Pierce, Turtill and Upton Families

 

 

 

 

Compiled by Tony Millett

 

tony.millett@xtra.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2017

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

 

The Millett – Algie connection

 

The Millett – Fletcher connection

 

The Millett – Leslie connection

 

The Millett – Morice connection

 

The Millett – Pierce connection

 

The Millett – Turtill connection

 

The Millett – Upton connection

 


 

The Millett – Algie connection

 

 

Sources:  The Brydons: Scotland to Canada   http://www.brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/search.php?mylastname=ALGIE

Ancestry.com;  International Genealogical Index;  FreeBMD;  New Zealand Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records;  Censuses;  the Internet;   personal communications.

 

 

JACOBO ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born about 1420 at Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Died 1489 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

 

“Crawford the Historian, Metcalfe and others agree in stating that the first of the name to settle in Scotland, came from Rome in the train of Thomas DeTerdeo, Abbot of Paisley, in the year 1453.  He was a notary public and connected with the monastery.  When the town of Paisley was created into a burgh of Barury by King James IV on Aug. 17, 1488, the name of Jacobo Algeo appears in the list of the original Fenars as the proprietor of the piece of land known as Blade Yarde”.

 

Source:  The Brydons: Scotland to Canada.  http://brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/getperson.php?personID=I1924&tree=bryd2.

           

            Children, including:

 

 

JOHANNIS ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1453 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Died 1509 at Paisley.


            Children, including:

 

 

PETER ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

Born 1508 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Married in 1547 at Paisley MARIAN MOSTON (about 1510-1603) (also known as MARION MORTOUN and MARIAN MORTON).

Died 1570 at Paisley.

 

Children, including:

 

 

JOHN ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1549 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Married about 1566 AGNES ROWAT (about 1550-1613).

            Died after 1627 at Paisley.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

JOHN ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1571 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Married before 1597 CATHERINE WALLACE.

            Died after 1637 at Paisley.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

ROBERT ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born between 1597 and 1602 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Died 1656.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

ROBERT ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1630.

            Died 1690.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

JAMES ALGIE

 

            Born 1650 at Kennishead, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Married JEAN PARK.

Died 3 February 1685 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

 

Headstone

 

Martyrs memorial headstone at Paisley reads:  “Here lie the corpses of James Algie and John Park who suffered at the Cross of Paisley for refusing the oath of abjuration February 3 1685”.

 

Source:  Ancestry.com Hamilton Family tree.

 

Children, including:

 

 

JAMES ALGIE

 

            Born 1685 at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Married on 2 December 1714 at Cathcart MARY MUIR (1692-26 November 1764).

            Died 1 January 1770 at Cathcart.

 

            4 children, including:

 

 

MATTHEW ALGIE

 

            Born about 1718 at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Married on 24 April 1744 at Cathcart MARY ANDERSON (21 November 1723-21 November 1781).

Died after 1781.

 

9 children, including:

 

 

MATTHEW ALGIE

 

            Born 6 October 1752 at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Baptised 22 October 1752 at Cathcart.

            Married in 1784 CHRISTIAN McLUCKIE.

           

            8 children, including:

 

 

JAMES ALGIE

 

            Born 30 April 1794 at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Married on 7 August 1818 at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, Scotland JANET ALGIE (1795-1834).

Died in 1834.

 

6 children, including:

 

 

JOHN ALGIE

 

            Born 13 January 1824 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Baptised 8 February 1824 at Paisley.

Married (1) on 1 June 1849 at Paisley JEAN WATSON (18 April 1826-19 October 1852).  2 children.

Married (2) on 26 September 1854 at Paisley MARGARET STEWART (27 November 1825-25 May 1907).

            Died 3 October 1888 at Balclutha, Otago.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1866-67, 1867-68, 1868-69, 1869-70, 1870-71, 1875-76:  Balclutha, Otago

1880-81, 1882-84, 1887:  Balclutha (baker)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1872-73:  Balclutha (baker)

1876, 1878-79, 1881, 1883-84, 1886, 1887-88:  Balclutha

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

            6 children (with Margaret Stewart), including:

 

 

JOHN ALEXANDER ALGIE

 

            Born 29 April 1857 at Newbattle, near Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

Postmaster;  soldier.

Marriages:  see below.

Died on 7 March 1948 at Auckland.

 

            Career

 

            1875 May 01 Appointed as Messenger, Telegraph, Balclutha

1883 Dec 29 Appointed Vaccination Inspector at Wyndham

1891 Jan 22 Postmaster Balclutha; also Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages; also Government Life Insurance Agent

1911 Sep 11 Postmaster; Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages; Government Life Insurance Agent

 

Sources:  Appendices to the Journal of the House of Representatives (AJHR).

New Zealand Gazette 1875 Section H11 Nominal Roll of the Civil Establishment of New Zealand on the 30th June 1875.

New Zealand Gazette 1891 Post & Telegraph Classification, p. 115.

New Zealand Gazette 1911 Post and Telegraph Classification p. 3202.

 

He was a Captain in the 6th Hauraki Regiment, New Zealand Military Forces.

 

Served in the South African (Boer) War: his occupation at that time was postmaster in Lake County.  Address: Arrowtown, Otago.

He embarked on the ship Kent, March 1902.  His rank at that time was lieutenant of the South Island Regiment - B squadron, Ninth Contingent  (Queen’s Medal and clasps).

 

He was also in the Great War (1914-1918) in command of the Mounted Rifles, Occupying Forces Samoa (British war medal).

 

Some sources:

http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/37267.detail

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/soldier/john-alexander-algie

 

Source:  The Brydons: Scotland to Ontario http://www.brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/getperson.php?personID=I1332&tree=bryd2

           

            Overseas Trip

 

Bon Voyage !  Mr J. A. Algie, in charge of the Arrowton post and telegraph office, has been proffered and accepted the office of mail agent on the outgoing Vancouver boat.  As Mr Algie served in a similar capacity last year on a ’Frisco boat the repetition of such an offer may be read as highly flattering to the recipient, for it is well known that the position is much coveted by the gentlemen of the Postal department.  Mr Algie will reach Vancouver when the stream of eager gold-seekers flowing into the Yukon Valley is at high flood, and it will require a strong staying power not to be carried away with it.  Mr Algie leaves here on Monday next to meet the Miewera at Wellington, Mr W. Canning, of the Dunedin office, filling the vacancy during his absence.  By a strict attention to business and an equable, gentlemanly urbanity Mr Algie has made many friends, who join in congratulating him on what amounts to a holiday trip and in wishing him bon voyage and a safe return.  Mr H. B. Smith is appointed to act as registrar of births, marriages, and deaths during Mr Algie’s absence.

 

Source:  Otago Witness 3 March 1898, p. 29 col. C.

           

            War Service

 

Full Name:  John Alexander Algie

Forename(s):  John Alexander

Surname:  Algie

War:  South African War, 1899-1902, World War I, 1914-1918

Serial No.:  4058, 20/33

First Known Rank:  Captain

Next of Kin:  Mrs J.A. Algie (wife), care of R.M. Algie, Barrister, University School of Law, Auckland, New Zealand

Marital Status:  Married

Enlistment Address:  Taihape, New Zealand

Military District:  Wellington

Body on Embarkation:  3rd Samoan Relief Force

Embarkation Date:  10 January 1916

Place of Embarkation:  Auckland, New Zealand

Transport:  Talune 10 January 1916

Vessel:  Talune

Destination:  Apia, Samoa

Page on Nominal Roll:  9

Archives NZ source:  Military personnel file, other military personnel file

Further References:  New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-south-african-boer-war/introduction

Sources Used:  Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington, Govt. Printer, 1914-1919.

 

Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/37267.detail?Ordinal=6&c_surname_search=algie

           

Marriages

 

John Alexander Algie married three times:

 

1.  On 27 October 1886 at Balclutha, Otago to AGNES MacMILLAN (1855-9 July 1899), daughter of John MacMillan (born about 1833) of Balclutha.

Sources:  Otago Daily Times 9 November 1886, p. 2 col. C.

                             Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records 1886/3293.

 

Agnes died on 9 July 1899 at Arrowtown.

 

Sources:  Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records 1889/5203.

Marriage Certificate of John Alexander Algie and Marian Charlotte Tosswill.

 

 

2.  On 27 May 1904 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Gore, Southland to MARIAN CHARLOTTE TOSSWILL (1878-7 May 1954), daughter of Arthur Robert Davis Tosswill (1847-1902) and Charlotte Ann Davis (1849-1927).

Sources:  Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records 1904/5601.

Marriage Certificate of John Alexander Algie and Marian Charlotte Tosswill.

 

The Evening Post for 5 May 1922, under the heading “In Divorce”, listed:

 

Marian Charlotte Algie v. John Alexander Algie, restitution of conjugal rights.

Source:  Evening Post (Wellington) 5 May 1922, p. 8 col. B.

 

The Evening Post for 13 June 1922 carried the following report:

 

A formal order for restitution of conjugal rights was made by the Chief Justice, Sir Robert Stout, at the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon upon the petition of Marian Charlotte Algie, for whom Mr. T. M. Wilford appeared.  Petitioner stated that she had not seen her husband, John Alexander Algie, since 1915.  The order is to be complied with within three months of the date of service upon the respondent, who is believed to be living somewhere in Scotland.

Source:  Evening Post (Wellington) 13 June 1922, p. 3 col. D.

 

The Evening Post for 27 October 1923, under the heading “In Divorce”, listed:

 

Marian Charlotte Algie v. John Alexander Algie, alleged desertion.

Source:  Evening Post 27 October 1923, p. 8 col. A.

 

 

3.  In 1926 (?) to PENELOPE ANDERSON MONRO (1881-20 August 1954).

Source:  The Brydons: Scotland to Ontario http://brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/getperson.php?personID=I1332&tree=bryd2.

 

I have been unable to find any documentary evidence of this marriage, although there is a reference in a North Shore City Council booklet Takapuna-Milford Walk (2002, p. 10) to John Alexander Algie who, on returning from a trip to his ancestral Scotland, brought back with him “a new wife, Penelope”;  and there are several references on the Internet to Algie’s Castle (Merksworth Castle) having been built for John Alexander Algie “and his wife Penelope”.

 

            Obituary

 

            Death at 90: Captain Algie’s long military career

 

Captain John Alexander Algie, V.D., of Hustmere Road, Takapuna, died yesterday after a short illness, aged 90.  Born in Scotland, Captain Algie came to New Zealand when he was seven.  He was a member of the staff of the Post and Telegraph Department when the South African War broke out and served with the New Zealand Forces in South Africa.

 

At the beginning of the First World War, Captain Algie went with the New Zealand force to Samoa.  He volunteered to serve with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, but, being unsuccessful, paid his own way to England and served with a coastal defence unit.  Captain Algie had 29 years’ service with the New Zealand defence forces and, during the Second World War, set a fine example of military enthusiasm by serving in the Takapuna section of the Home Guard.

 

For many years president of the King’s Empire Veterans, Captain Algie was also for a time a member of the Takapuna Borough Council.  During his service with the Post and Telegraph Department he was twice chosen to travel to North America as a departmental mail officer.

 

Captain Algie is survived by Mrs Algie and two sons, Mr R. M. Algie, M.P., and Mr D. L. Algie.  His eldest son, Captain C. S. Algie, was killed on active service in France in 1916.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 8 March 1948, p. 8 col. E.

 

“V.D.” is the Volunteer (Officers’) Decoration, which was created by Royal Warrant under command of Queen Victoria on 25 July 1892 to reward “efficient and capable” officers of the Volunteer Force who had served for twenty years.  In 1894 the decoration was introduced for officers of Volunteer Forces in India and the Colonies ...  The award of the Volunteer Decoration entitled the recipient to the use of the postnominal letters V.D. after their name.  The award was superseded by the Territorial Decoration in 1908.

 

Source:  Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_Decoration

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

            1880-81:  Kakanui, Otago (postmaster)

1890:  Balclutha (postmaster)

1905/06, 1908:  Paeroa (postmaster)

1911:  Queenstown (postmaster)

1914:  Taihape (postmaster)

1928, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946:  131 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (no occupation)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1878-79, 1881, 1883-84:  Kakanui, Otago (postmaster & telegraphist)

1887-88, 1891:  Wyndham, Southland (postmaster)

1892-93, 1895, 1897:  Kaitangata, Otago (postmaster)

1898-99, 1901, 1902, 1903:  Arrowtown, Otago (postmaster)

1904, 1907:  Paeroa (postmaster)

1910, 1913:  Queenstown (postmaster)

1930:  131 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (master mariner)

1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1947:  131 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

            Children (with Agnes MacMillan):

 

 

            (1)  COLVIN STEWART ALGIE

 

            Born 6 July 1887 at Wyndham, Southland.

            Baptised 1887 at St Andrew’s, Balclutha, Otago.

Schoolteacher, Rotorua.

 

Married on 14 April 1914 at Rotorua ALICE VICTORIA ELIZABETH CORLETT (born 21 June 1887, daughter of Benjamin Stott Corlett (1840-1925) and Elizabeth Burge (1850-1924);  Alice later married on 17 November 1926 Frederick de Mulford Hyde (29 December 1898-12 November 1962), with whom she had a son Geoffrey Hammond Hyde, and died on 18 July 1960 at Auckland).

 

Died (killed in action) on 21 July 1916 at Somme, France.

Buried at Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières, France.

 

War Service

 

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Egypt, Gallipoli, France.

 

Full Name:  Colvin Stewart Algie

 Rank Last Held:  Captain

 Forename(s):  Colvin Stewart

 Surname:  Algie

 War:  World War I, 1914-1918

 Serial No.:  12/294

 Gender:  Male

 Date of Birth:  6 July 1887

 Place of Birth:  Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand

 Religion:  Church of England

 First Known Rank:  Lieutenant

 Occupation before Enlistment:  Teacher

 Next of Kin:  Mrs A.E. Algie (wife), Malfroy Road, Rotorua, New Zealand

 Marital Status:  Married

 Enlistment Address:  Rotorua, New Zealand

 Age on Enlistment:  27

 Military District:  Auckland

 Body on Embarkation:  Main Body

 Embarkation Unit:  Auckland Infantry Battalion

 Embarkation Date:  16 October 1914

 Place of Embarkation:  Auckland, New Zealand

 Transport:  HMNZT 8, HMNZT 12

 Vessel:  Star of India or Waimana

 Destination:  Suez, Egypt (3 December 1914)

 Nominal Roll Number:  Vol 1

 Page on Nominal Roll:  9

 Campaigns:  Gallipoli, Western Front

 Military Awards:  Gallipoli Medallion

 Last Unit Served:  Auckland Infantry Regiment

 Place of Death:  Somme, France

 Date of Death:  21 July 1916

 Age at Death:  29

 Year of Death:  1916

 Cause of Death:  Killed in action

 Cemetery Name:  Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières, France

 Grave Reference:  II. E. 40

Memorial Name:  Rotorua War Memorial (World War 1), Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories

Biographical Notes:  Husband of Mrs. A.V.E. Algie, of Te Aroha, Piako, New Zealand.

 

Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/139.detail?Ordinal=2&c_surname_search=algie

 

            War Diary

 

Auckland’s contingent of the 1914 Main Body made a false start before getting away to World War I from Wellington on October 16.  Two transports left Auckland on September 24, but turned back the same night to await a stronger naval escort.

 

Mr Colvin S. Algie, then a lieutenant in the 6th Hauraki Regiment, who left with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, 1st N.Z.E.F., and was killed in action, left in his diary an account of the departure which will recall many memories to the men who will gather here in a fortnight for the 50th anniversary reunion.

 

The 6th Hauraki left their camp at Epsom, where they had spent six weeks, in the rain on September 23, 1914, and embarked in the troop-ship Waimana.  Lieut. Algie’s diary says:

 

It was unfortunate for the men that they should have had to go aboard more or less wet ...  It has been a memorable day for all, and when it was over we were all a pretty tired crowd.

 

We had a great time fixing up the messing arrangements of all the men.  The mess room is not quite big enough to accommodate all hands, so that two relays have to be made.  The present arrangement is that two companies go at a time, and the two first for one day are the last for next day.  The tables are packed to their full capacity and will be rather uncomfortable when we get into the tropics.

 

We left the wharf about 6 p.m., just after our other troop-ship, the Star of India (No. 8) had come to anchor.

 

The next morning the two ships, with their escort, the Philomel, sailed – and the great adventure had begun, so they thought.  But the men awoke the following morning (September 25) to find themselves back inside Tiri again, with Rangitoto in sight.

 

The next two weeks were spent aboard the ship in port and drilling ashore.  Saturday, October 10, brought the final embarkation.  The diary continues:

 

Sunday, October 11 – It was a fine morning, and soon many launches were visiting us, continuing to do so throughout the day.  In the afternoon the ferry steamers carried hundreds round the ship, and many of us were able to recognise friends aboard.

 

Promptly at 5 p.m. the Philomel backed out and we were once more under steam.  It was a great contrast to our previous attempt.  Several launches accompanied us down the channel, and every ferry steamer tooted as we passed.  The pilot was dropped, and the last remaining link with Auckland was left behind.  We were all more or less in the dark as to our first course, whether round North Cape or south to Wellington.  Our doubts were soon dispelled, however, as Cuvier Light came into view on the starboard bow – we were bound for Wellington.

 

Wednesday, October 14 – We are just entering Wellington heads at 8 a.m. and a cold wind is blowing – otherwise quite fine.  The first vessels we saw when we got in were two men-o’-war, and on closer inspection one was found to be the Ibuki, a Japanese battle cruiser, and the other H.M.S. Minotaur, a first-class cruiser from the China Station.

 

We lay at anchor in the stream all day, and many were the scathing comments on Wellington and its ferry services as the day wore on.  Nobody seemed to worry whether we were in the harbour or not and the greatest difficulty was experienced in getting anything to or from the shore.

 

The eight other transports were at the wharves and we could see by the movement of horses on the wharves that embarkation was proceeding.  About 5 p.m. the troop-ships began to back out into the stream, and very soon all of them but the flagship, the Maunganui, had taken up their anchorage.

 

Thursday, October 15 – This morning was wet, and drizzling rain fell all day.  In the afternoon the Maunganui came out to an anchorage and word was passed round that we were to sail at 6 a.m. next day, to our great relief.

 

The ten transports make a unique and imposing sight in port, comprising as they do some of the finest vessels trading to these shores.  They are No. 3 Maunganui, 4 Tahiti, 5 Ruapehu, 6 Orari, 7 Limerick, 8 Star of India, 9 Hawkes Bay, 10 Arawa, 11 Athenic, and 12 Waimana.

 

Friday, October 16 – I turned out at 5.45 this morning, and at 6 a.m. exactly the Minotaur and Ibuki got under way.  They moved out ahead and were soon followed by H.M.S. Psyche.  The latter was followed down the harbour and out of the heads by five troop-ships, the Maunganui, Hawkes Bay, Star of India, Limerick and Tahiti.  With this column on the move H.M.S. Philomel led off with the Arawa, Athenic, Orari, Ruapehu, and Waimana in her wake.

 

On reaching the heads we saw the big cruisers were already hull down on the horizon.  We kept this line ahead formation until clear of the heads, when our column of five ships, headed by the Philomel, drew up and we formed two columns abreast.

 

It was a great sight.  Once outside, we were astonished to find that we had left the wind in the harbour and the sea was beautifully smooth.

 

All day we have been dodging along through Cook Strait, with the South Island on our port beam, and at 6.20 p.m. we had Farewell Spit abeam.  This was our last sight of New Zealand and one cannot help wondering when and how we shall sight these shores again.

 

We are now heading for Hobart, I believe, and should reach there about Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.  Where we go from there we do not know, but Suez seems to be the popular tip.

 

Source:  Auckland Star 5 October 1964, p. 10 col. F-H.

 

            Gallipoli Diary

 

Colvin Stewart Algie was first assistant at Rotorua District High School when he enlisted in 1914.  A captain in the 6th Hauraki Regiment, Auckland Infantry Battalion, he was killed at Armentières, France on July 30, 1916.

 

Letters from “Colv” to his young wife, every one of them preserved, reflect a tender, sensitive nature.  But his Gallipoli diary reflects an extraordinary matter-of-fact approach to war.  In a manner possibly common until after World War II, he seems to see war as a normal phase in the life of man.  He complains of little.  He records his admiration of courage, stoicism and mateship.

 

Well, he might have seen war as a normal part of the life of man.  Colv Algie’s father, Capt. John Alexander Algie, who died in 1948 at 91, was at the Boer War as a captain with the Otago Mounted Rifles and, at the time of his son’s death, was with the New Zealand force which seized German Samoa.  John Alexander Algie built Algie’s Castle, a stone fortress above Black Rock, between Takapuna and Milford.

 

Family archives record centuries of soldiering by Algies.  First entry in the archives is Jacobo Algeo, of Rome, a vassal of the Abbot of Paisley, in Scotland.  From then, Paisley Algeos (the name survived in that form and as Algoes and Auldjo until early last century) were in any war that offered.  In one Paisley Algeo family, John Henry Algeo, captain in the 34th Cumberland Regiment, died of wounds in the Peninsular War in 1813.  His brother Lewis, Lieut. 14th Regiment of Foot, was killed in action in India in 1818, as was brother N. G. from the same regiment in 1819.

 

At Algie’s Castle, along with the swords of John Alexander, Colvin Stewart and Donald Colvin Algie who was five years in the Navy in World War II, is a polished and mounted piece of Martyrs’ Tree at Paisley.  A silver band records that James Algie was hanged from it on February 5, 1685 “for not conforming to the Episcopacy”.

 

A close kinsman of the New Zealand Algies, Lieutenant Wallace Lloyd Algie, Central Ontario Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously in World War I – he was killed in France 31 days before the Armistice.

 

Here are extracts from the early entries in the Gallipoli diary of Colv Algie.  The original, in careful cursive teacher’s writing, started in a hard-back notebook but progressed to sparser entries on the back of signal forms.

 

Sunday 25th April:

 

At daybreak this morning the sound of a heavy big gun bombardment could be heard.  The business commenced.  We were now almost abreast of Kaba Tepe our landing place ...

 

We reached our allotted place at 8.15 and came to a stop.  The sea was like glass and the weather perfect – surely a good omen.  At midday our Battn landed in pontoons towed by destroyers, trawlers and pinnaces.  Major Stuckey, Sinel and others were in first tow and landed first.  I got left in second which broke adrift twice and caused some delay;  consequently I landed with 15 men (Hauraki) about an hour after the rest of the company.  Couldn’t find Haurakis when I got ashore so attached myself to 3rd Coy.  We landed on an open beach and were greeted with a sight to try the nerves of the strongest – dying and wounded men in all directions – the Australians who had landed at dawn had suffered heavily, but performed a feat of which we were all proud in driving the enemy out of his position at all.

 

The hills rise sheer from water’s edge here and we all marvel at the Turks leaving their position.  The bayonet was too much for them however and out they got.  Their losses were pretty heavy.

 

We moved up the hill to the attack directly we landed and most exciting it was.  The Turks had four guns which kept up a pretty steady fire down over the hill to the beach.  All the way up we were under fire from these but the shells fortunately burst in the wrong place, to injure us.

 

We stopped halfway with the remainder of the 3rd Coy whom we were to join.  Soon after the shrapnel started again and of a group of seven of us 6 were hit, 2 being killed, while I escaped unhurt.  We were then ordered into a trench – really a Turkish one – where we stayed nearly all day.  The shells and rifle bullets kept up an incessant shriek and rattle all day and the trouble is no enemy to be seen.  Enemy snipers are most troublesome, however.

 

Only part of our force has landed yet and our information is a little out as the enemy is much stronger than reported.

 

The Australians did great work in scaling the cliffs and rooted the Turks out with the bayonet.  They took the next ridge too but in doing so really went too far as by the time we caught up we were “pumped”.  We had all to fall back at night and take up a fresh position.  Still we are ashore and no Turks will get us out now.

 

Word has just come through that the 16th have lost all officers (one killed) while Major Stuckey is reported killed, also Flower and Dodson.  Morpeth is wounded and nobody knows anything of Sinel.

 

It has been a trying test for new soldiers but they are magnificent.  Australasia can be justly proud.  I never wish to see braver or cooler men.

 

Monday 26th April:

 

Last night the fight kept on without letting up in the least.  The Turks made several desperate attacks but we held them off each time.  The left had to fall back once but we took up a position from which we cannot now be dislodged.

 

There were only about 50 of us left of all units when we got the word to come back and one of our Auckland machine guns under young Massam of Opotiki was doing good work.

 

We had a number of wounded men who had been there all day and this was the most pitiable part.  These poor beggars’ moans and requests for water being unbearable at times.  After a great deal of trouble some of our chaps got them down the cliff to the beach but their suffering must have been frightful during the process.

 

Some attempt was made to dig ourselves in during the night with a good deal of success and our position is now much more secure.  Rain came on before daylight and as all packs had been left on the beach most of us put in a pretty miserable night.  By 8 or 10 this morning the blue sky was showing again and cheered us up.

 

Sinel came in looking a wreck, mud-stained and with a twisted ankle and reports a frightful time where he was.  Major Stuckey severely wounded is on the hospital ship, likewise Morpeth.  Flower and Dodson are both dead and both died game and in the thick of it.  Dodson was killed instantly, Flower died soon after being hit.

 

We are to stay in reserve today and endeavour to collect the Auckland Battalion which has been pretty hard hit.  From all accounts there is about half of it left.

 

The casualty list although heavy is not so heavy as we thought.  All ranks have proved themselves “stickers” and heroes and the battalion has been complimented by the general for its part.  The stretcher-bearers particularly deserve mention.  They brought in wounded under fire and did what in many other wars would have earned VCs without a doubt.

 

The Turks keep up a pretty steady rifle fire all the time and first thing at dawn and last thing just before dark their artillery gets to work.

 

Tuesday 27th April:

 

We gathered in all the Hauraki men we could find and mustered 99 out of our original 227.  About 10 a.m. had to occupy a reserve defensive position and get to work trench digging.

 

Today a shell struck the bank behind me and shot off past my shoulder bursting just in front and a little to the right.  The concussion knocked me over and gave me a dickens of a scare.  I thought I was scorched by the flame from the burst while the din deafened me for a time but there proved to be no damage done.  It was quite near enough to the next world for me for a while yet.

 

These colonial boys of ours have proved great stickers and equally good as bayonet fighters.  Australians and New Zealanders may be seen bringing one another from the firing line when wounded and are fellows that would go anywhere required.

 

Our diet for the last three days has been bully beef, biscuit and water.  We have not had a wash since we landed but Sinel and I managed to have a shave this morning using a tin lid for a glass.  The colonel caught us in the act and thought it a great joke.

 

Source:  Auckland Star 23 April 1975, p. 8.

 

Colvin Stewart Algie’s war diary is held at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington (MS-Papers-1374).

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1911, 1914:  Rotorua (school teacher)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

           

1910, 1913, 1916:  Rotorua (school master)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

1 child:

 

            DONALD COLVIN ALGIE

 

            Born 27 January 1915 at Rotorua.

            Accountant, company executive.

Married on 13 January 1942 at All Saints Church, Pimlico, London, England CECIL MARY UPTON (25 August 1916-16 February 2002), daughter of Percy Henry Upton (1874-1960) and Florence Sarah Nihill Pierce (1878-1954), and sister of Eleanor Florence Millett née Upton (1910-1973).

Died 16 May 1990 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Cremated 18 May 1990 at North Shore Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Albany, Auckland.

 

Marriage

 

Advice has been received of the wedding of Miss Cecil Mary Upton, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Percy Upton, of Remuera road (Auckland), and Sub-Lieutenant Donald Algie.  The bride, who has been in England since 1937, took her B.A. degree at Oxford University, and shortly after war broke out she joined the clerical staff of the B.B.C., where she has been employed ever since.  Sub-Lieutenant Algie, who lived in Auckland for some years, and was a member of the R.N.Z.N.V.R., has served in H.M.S. Chitral and H.M.S. King Alfred since leaving New Zealand in May of last year.

 

Source:  Christchurch Press 16 February 1942

 

War Service

 

Lieutenant Commander R.N.Z.N.V.R.  Served in the Commonwealth Naval Forces Atlantic, Europe and Pacific 1939-1945.

 

Good Job Done – Fairmile Launches Return from Pacific

 

After a tour of duty in the Pacific which lasted for nearly 18 months, 12 Fairmile motor-launches of the Royal New Zealand Navy returned recently to Auckland.

 

The tour of duty began on February 6, 1944, when the first five Fairmiles left for the Solomon Islands.  The other seven departed on March 25, 1944.  Since then the flotilla has been engaged in patrols, escort, and anti-submarine work and has provided screens for vessels engaged in loading war materials at various places.

 

The officer in command of the base, H.M.N.Z.S. Kahu, from which the Fairmiles worked, was Lieutenant-Commander H. E. Cave, R.N., Gisborne. Senior officer of the flotilla was Lieutenant-Commander H. J. Bull, D.S.C., R.N.Z.N.V.R., Auckland, and the commanders of the 12 ships at the close of the tour of duty were Lieutenants ... E.T.F. Millett, Auckland, D. C. Algie, Auckland ...

 

Each of the Fairmiles carried two officers, two petty officers, and 12 ratings.  At the base in the Solomons there were 10 officers and 53 ratings.

 

On his return to the Dominion Lieutenant-Commander Cave was enthusiastic in his praise of the work of the officers and men under his command.  He expressed gratitude for the co-operation and assistance received from the United States navy.  He said that since the Fairmiles had left New Zealand they had travelled a total distance of 380,000 miles.  Though their work in the main had been monotonous, with no action by or against the enemy, it had been important, and the American naval authorities had been very appreciative of the manner in which it had been carried out.

 

“The Fairmiles stood up to the work very well, and I must congratulate the New Zealand builders of these little ships on their excellent workmanship”, said Lieutenant-Commander Cave.  He added that it was not at all the work for which the ships had been designed.  They had been intended for short coastal patrols, but during the Pacific tour had taken part in convoys over hundreds of miles.

 

Ratings in one of the Fairmiles expressed gladness at being back in the Dominion after the tour of duty, which had been partly interesting and partly monotonous.  They said food and conditions on the small ships had been very good, but they were pleased to taste fresh milk again.  Asked if they had any conplaints, they gave a unanimous “No”.

 

Source:  Evening Post 30 July 1945, p. 7 col. F.

           

            HMS Leander

 

Leander was one of the largest New Zealand naval ships at the outbreak of the Second World War.  She saw service in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.  The ship was torpedoed during the Battle of the Coral Sea, but managed to limp back to New Zealand with a 30-foot by 20-foot hole in her hull. ...

 

Mr D. C. Algie [was] one of the first New Zealanders to train in the ship as a signalman.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 26 June 1968.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

1938, 1941, 1943:  205 Courtville Flats, Eden Street, Newmarket, Auckland (clerk)

1946:  11 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (clerk)

1949, 1954:  224 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (clerk)

1957, 1960:  224 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (accountant)

1963:  224 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (staff manager)

1966, 1969:  253 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (staff manager)

1972, 1975, 1978:  253 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (secretary)

1981:  253 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

            Children:

 

            (1)  ELIZABETH MARGARET ALGIE

 

            Born 10 July 1943 at Auckland.

Married on 17 December 1965 at St Peter’s Church, Takapuna, Auckland THOMAS FRANK BAYLISS (born 14 November 1936 at Gisborne).

Died 28 June 2016 at Whakatane.

3 children:  Rosemary Jane Bayliss (born 18 April 1971);  Ian William Bayliss (born 8 June 1973);  Andrew James Bayliss (born 12 August 1975).

 

(2)  MARY FLORENCE ALGIE

 

Born 2 April 1946 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Married on 25 November 1967 at St Paul’s-by-the-Sea, Milford, Auckland ADRIAN CASSAIDY (born 3 May 1944 at Preston, Lancashire, England).

3 children:  David John Cassaidy (born 15 June 1968);  Anne Elizabeth Cassaidy (born 19 August 1970);  Sarah Margaret Cassaidy (born 25 July 1975).

 

(3)  JOHN ALEXANDER ALGIE

 

Born 20 October 1947 at Narrow Neck, Auckland.

Married in 1969 ELIZABETH ANNE PHILLIPS.

2 children:  Penelope Sarah Algie (born 12 July 1973);  Emma Jane Algie (born 24 January 1976).

 

            (4)  MATTHEW COLVIN ALGIE

           

            Born 12 August 1950 at Narrow Neck, Auckland.

            Married (1) in 1971 MARGARET DONALDSON.

3 children:  Melinda Anne Algie (1971-1972);  Kellie Alice Algie (born 27 April 1976);  Keryn Algie (born 1978).

            Married (2) WENDY THOW.

 

 

(2)  RONALD MACMILLAN ALGIE

 

Born 22 October 1888 at Wyndham, Southland.

University Professor, Member of Parliament

 

Married (1) on 14 December 1917 at Auckland HELEN ADAIR McMASTER (19 February 1890-24 May 1944), daughter of Alexander Anthony McMaster (1863-1914) and Annie Reid (1864-1919).  No children.

 

Married (2) on 28 May 1947 at Christchurch, Canterbury MARY JOAN GRAY STEWART (25 August 1909-5 May 1972).

 

Died 23 July 1978 at Auckland.

 

Death Announcement

 

Death of former Speaker

 

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sir Ronald Algie, died in Auckland yesterday, aged 89.

 

Sir Ronald (then Mr Algie) entered Parliament in 1943 as National MP for Remuera after nearly two decades as professor of law at Auckland University, and soon established himself as one of the leading figures of the Holland and Holyoake administrations.

 

He served as Minister of Education and as Speaker before his retirement in 1966.  Throughout a long parliamentary career, he was noted for his quick wit and his polished debating style.

 

Sir Ronald married twice and was predeceased by both his wives.  He is survived by a son and a daughter.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 24 July 1978, p. 1 col. C.

 

Obituary

 

Former Speaker dies at 89

 

Sir Ronald Algie, who died in Auckland yesterday, was one of the leading figures of the Holyoake and Holland eras in New Zealand politics.

 

He was Member of Parliament for Remuera for 23 years, a minister of the Crown for eight years, and Speaker of the House of Representatives for six.

 

But it is as one of Parliament’s great debaters that he will, perhaps, be best remembered.  He was clever, witty and articulate – in his time and on form, quite unbeatable.

 

He could hold the house in silence when he spoke on subjects that were dear to him, and in his lighter moments the typical Algie posture gave an extra edge to a quick wit – big head held askew on a small body, with the hard, bright glint from thick spectacles adding to the impression of a tiny, amused and highly intelligent bird.

 

A touch of naughtiness to his quips pleased an age that reserved four-letter words for the cowshed.  One Algie interjection forever robbed Miss Mabel Howard, MP for Sydenham, of any chance of being taken seriously on one of her favourite topics – the shoddiness of cotton goods.  A solid woman, who spread amply about her when she sat down, she complained to the house that after one washing a new dress had shrunk three inches around the bottom.  A precisian in speech, the MP for Remuera rose in wide-eyed innocence and asked:  “Does the honourable member mean the hem?”

 

Ronald Macmillan Algie was born in 1888 in Wyndham, Southland, and spent his early schooldays in Arrowtown.  But his father was a civil servant who seemed always to be on the move and by the time young Ronald was 20 he had lived in every province of New Zealand except Westland.

 

He received his secondary education at Thames High School, and from there, where he worked as a pupil-teacher, he went to Auckland University to study law.  As a student, he was considered outstanding among his fellows.  He was appointed a junior lecturer and in 1919 when the chair of law was established at Auckland he became the first professor.  It was a post he held for nearly two decades.  During that time, he helped to school a generation of local legal practitioners.

 

In public life, he was instrumental in 1927 in founding the Auckland Town Planning Association, a privately inaugurated civic ginger group whose role was essentially educative.

 

It was further to influence public opinion that Ronald Algie quit his professorship in 1937 to become director and organiser of the Freedom Association.  This has been described as “a short-lived, anti-socialist, anti-bureaucratic society backed largely by Auckland business interests”.  The association nominated no parliamentary candidates but it supported the National Party at the 1938 elections.

 

Five years later Ronald Algie entered Parliament as the member for the truest of all blue-ribbon seats, Remuera.  It was a seat he clung to for the next 23 years;  when he resigned in 1966 he was as safe in Remuera as any politician could ever hope to be, with a massive 7001 majority in a total poll of 15, 817.

 

In later years, Sir Ronald was to describe himself as “an old Tory by tradition”.  His conservative convictions were to add strength to the Holland cabinet.

 

He had a lucidity and an erudition which, combined with a debating talent gained in his student years, proved formidable in the House of Representatives.

 

He served as Minister of Education from 1949 to 1957 – years which showed he had retained something of the style of the former pupil teacher.  Among other things, he was a supporter of private schools and of more chances for what were then termed the “intellectual elite” among school children.

 

As Minister in Charge of Broadcasting he was not a keen advocate for the introduction of television.

 

In 1961, he became Speaker – refusing, with true Algie stubbornness, to follow tradition and be dragged reluctantly to the chair.  Such play-acting, he felt, was out of touch with modern conditions.

 

He respected Parliament’s traditions and was jealous of its reputation, but he did not regard its institutions as holy and unchangeable.  “Parliament is a valuable, indeed a precious, institution”, he once said.  “Its reputation must ever be kept high in public esteem.  But its methods and practices need modernising from time to time”.

 

For all that, Ronald Algie was a stickler for parliamentary courtesies and procedure.  In 1975, still a daily listener to broadcasts of debates, he commented that in his day members had been more disciplined.  Of his own days as Speaker, he said simply:  “I always tried to be fair”.

 

Sir Ronald retired in 1966, two years after he had been knighted.  A man of many accomplishments, he insisted to the end in retaining one particular item in a rather modest entry in Who’s Who in New Zealand.  The item reads:  “Keen mountaineer (with wife climbed Mt Cook and other peaks:  has made 29 ascents of Ruapehu)”.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 24 July 1978, p. 3.

           

            Life

 

Ronald Macmillan Algie was born in Wyndham, Southland, on 22 October 1888, the son of John Alexander Algie, a postmaster, and his wife, Agnes Macmillan.  Algie was educated at Arrowtown, Thames High School and Balclutha District High School.  After a period as a pupil-teacher, he entered a law office.  He completed an LLB in 1913 and an LLM in 1915 at Auckland University College.  His intellectual capacity and powers of exposition led to an assistant lectureship in law in 1913, followed by his installation in 1920, at the age of 31, as Auckland’s first professor of law.  He married Helen Adair McMaster at Auckland on 14 December 1917;  they had no children.

Algie made a reputation as a brilliant teaching lawyer of conservative inclination and was remembered for his charm and humour as well as the scholarly interest and erudition of his lectures.  He emphasised the value of a general as well as a legal education, and the importance of professional standards and responsibilities.  He was a member of the college’s professorial board and of the Senate of the University of New Zealand.  In debates in the 1930s on academic freedom he supported the conservative cause.  With his wife, he spent much leisure time in mountaineering, and was sufficiently proud of their feats in climbing Mt Ruapehu and Mt Cook to feature this fact in his entry in Who’s who in New Zealand.

In 1937, with the backing of Auckland business interests, Algie resigned his chair to become director of the Auckland Provincial (later New Zealand) Freedom Association, a right-wing organisation strongly opposed to the Labour government.  By 1938 it had effectively become a publicity organisation for the New Zealand National Party.  He successfully contested the blue-ribbon Remuera seat for National in 1943.

Algie made a name as a brilliantly lucid and outstandingly skilful debater of easy erudition and sharp wit.  His speeches were appreciated as much by opponents like Bob Semple, the most destructive debater on the Labour benches, as by his own party, who regularly put him up after key Labour Party speakers.  He dealt simply and to the point with a mass of issues, and could deliver put-downs with a courtesy that disarmed antagonism.  If he felt he had hurt an opponent, he was quick to the apology.  Algie was undoubtedly the most effective parliamentary debater of his time.

Algie’s impact in opposition ensured that he was given a senior post in the first National government after its election in 1949.  He was appointed minister of education in 1949 and in 1951 minister in charge of broadcasting and minister in charge of scientific and industrial research.  His most immediate task, however, was to act with T. O. Bishop, a member of the Legislative Council, as a joint chairman of the select committee charged with finding a viable alternative to the Council;  the government carried out its pledge to abolish this body in 1950.  When Bishop fell ill, Algie became responsible, while carrying a full ministerial load, for the 1952 reports of the Constitutional Reform Committee.  This notable discussion document was largely a product of Algie’s learning, drafting skills and political wisdom.

Algie proved to be an efficient, conscientious and effective minister of education.  Initially, as a result of his attacks in opposition on Labour’s “socialist” education policies, his appointment created professional apprehensions and a wariness between him and his dynamic director, Dr C. E. Beeby.  Algie, however, made regular visits to kindergartens and schools and satisfied himself that, despite changes in teaching, the “three Rs” were well covered.  He soon established an effective working relationship with Beeby and was generous in his praise of the department and its officers.

The educational system Algie inherited faced increasing demands.  On Algie’s recommendation the government endorsed the plans of the Labour administration for massive building programmes and vastly increased teaching quotas to meet the exploding demand for primary school places.  Another critical decision was to continue with plans to provide for multi-purpose secondary schools, ending the earlier division into academic and technical high schools.

Tertiary education was also reformed under Algie.  There were plans for larger universities and more teachers’ colleges.  The University of New Zealand took the first steps towards the autonomy of its constituent colleges while negotiating reciprocal superannuation schemes to facilitate the recruitment of university teachers from other countries.  Another major initiative, in recognition of a future need for engineering and science technicians, was the reconsideration of the types and levels of tertiary courses.  In 1957 Algie authorised planning for the Auckland Technical Institute and the Central Technical College (later the Central Institute of Technology).

Algie was less successful in securing resources for science, which he may have seen as a lesser responsibility than education.  His interest was nevertheless strong, stimulated by working with Ernest Marsden, the original secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, when they served together on the Academic Board of the University of New Zealand.  The DSIR was under severe financial stress, and restrictions in the vote led to debilitating cut-backs in staff.  In the early 1950s Algie strongly backed reform within the DSIR.  This involved high standards of recruitment, merit payment of staff and delegation of responsibility to leaders of research teams, coupled with full accountability for the use of resources.  This approach was unique to the public service and served as a model for subsequent state-service reform.

By the time Algie’s term ended in 1957 the DSIR was building a reputation for excellence in scientific research based on financially sound administration.  The first geothermal power station was established at Wairakei, nuclear science facilities were developed, scientific support for oil and gas exploration was maintained, and the Taranaki iron sands were investigated as a basis for a steel industry.  Algie keenly supported an expansion of New Zealand’s Antarctic research programmes, culminating in the building of Scott Base as the centre for year-round activities.

As minister in charge of broadcasting Algie repudiated the policy of ministerial control of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service, which saw radio as essentially a presenter of government policy.  But the political constraints on broadcasting, coupled with financial pressures, made him hesitate to press ahead with a long-felt need for an independent system of broadcasting news.  For the same reason, he also slowed up the establishment of television.  He did, however, maintain firm support for another allegedly costly broadcasting icon, the National Orchestra.

Algie was an effective senior minister but, perhaps because of his age, his record in cabinet failed to match the level of his performances in the house.  A younger Algie may have been a notable reforming minister comparable to junior colleagues, such as J. R. Hanan, with whom he had an intellectual affinity, and T. P. Shand.  Neither of the governments with which he was associated acted on his proposal for a revived second chamber of Parliament, so Algie was denied the ultimate accolade of constitutional reformer.

In opposition between 1958 and 1960, Algie retained his front-bench ranking and proved a devastating critic of the “faults, follies, and mismanagement of a most unpopular Government”.  On the election of the second National government in 1960 Algie may have hoped for the portfolio of external affairs.  But he was now 72 and, under pressure, he reluctantly accepted the speakership.  (His reluctance was perhaps due to his poor eyesight, which required him to learn Standing Orders by heart).  Nevertheless, Algie, with his finely tuned, wide-ranging constitutional interests and legal experience, fairly maintained he had “a delightful job”.  He held firm views about the courtesies required of parliamentary debate.  He also faced an urgent need for changes to cope with the rapid growth of parliamentary business and longer sessions, and chaired the 1961-62 committee established to reform procedures.  His knowledge of the constitution of other legislatures assisted in improving parliamentary practice and systems.  This was especially true for financial affairs, to be dealt with in a new Public Expenditure Committee.

At his retirement in 1966 Algie was lauded as “an outstanding Speaker”, admired as “the skilled fencer, the man with the sharp rapier…with the touch of the consummate artist”.  He had been knighted in 1964, and received an honorary LLD from his old university in 1967.

Helen Algie had died in 1944, and on 28 May 1947, at Christchurch, Algie married Mary Joan Gray Stewart;  they had a son and a daughter.  Mary Algie died in 1972, and he himself died at Auckland on 23 July 1978, survived by his two children.  In a distinguished professional and public career, Algie, who liked to describe himself as “a Tory in the old tradition”, had given exemplary service based on intellect, learning, wit and authority.

 

Source:  Templeton, Hugh.  “Algie, Ronald Macmillan”, from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 22 May 2013.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1911:  13 London Street, St Mary’s Bay, Auckland (teacher)

1914, 1919:  “Frogmore”, Symonds Street, Auckland (law clerk)

1922, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1938:  75 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (law professor)

1941, 1946, 1949, 1954:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (law professor)

1957, 1960, 1963, 1966:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (member of parliament)

1969, 1972, 1975:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (retired)

1978:  29 Charles Dickens Drive, Mellons Bay, Auckland (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1923, 1926, 1930, 1933, 1936, 1938:  75 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (university professor)

1940, 1946, 1947, 1950-51:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (professor)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

            Children (with Mary Joan Gray Stewart):

 

                        (1)  RONALD STEWART MACMILLAN ALGIE

                                    Born about 1948, died 18 December 2016 at Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

 

                        (2)  CATHERINE MARY AGNES ALGIE

 

 

            (3)  DORIC LAIRD ALGIE

 

            Born 21 July 1892 at Kaitangata, Otago.

            Teacher, university lecturer.

 

Married on 7 January 1925 EDITH MURIEL VINCENT (1891-27 May 1963).

 

Died 21 August 1948 at Auckland.

No children.

 

Obituary

 

Blind scholar’s death

 

Mr Doric L. Algie, an almost blind scholar who until about five years ago was a lecturer in classics at Auckland University College, died on Saturday at the age of 56 years.  Mr Algie, who is survived by his wife, was a brother of Mr R. M. Algie, M.P. for Remuera, and was the youngest son of the late Captain and Mrs J. A. Algie.  He lived at 2 Maunsell Road, Parnell.

 

A teacher at the Institute for the Blind School, Mr Algie was recently selected as the next headmaster of the school.  The appointment was to have taken effect from the beginning of 1949.

 

With the aid of a phenomenal memory, Mr Algie surmounted great physical difficulties to win academic honours.  He had to absorb the contents of text books read aloud to him or begin his studies by having his books translated into Braille.  Mr Algie attended King’s College for a year.  In that year he studied for and obtained his matriculation at the age of 16.  He took first place in New Zealand for Latin in the university entrance examination and was top in English, history and Latin on various occasions at the university, where he was awarded the Early English Text Society’s Prize in 1914.  When Mr Algie was studying for his B.A. degree, three large books were read to him once each.  He gained the highest marks in New Zealand for history in the examination.  Mr Algie graduated M.A. with honours in 1915.

 

Mr Algie was a part-time and full-time lecturer in classics at the University for 11 years.  Starting in 1915, he was a private tutor for more than 30 years.  He personally coached hundreds of students, many of whom corresponded with him for years after they had graduated.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 23 August 1848, p. 8 col. F.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

            1914:  Jubilee Institute of the Blind, Manukau Road, Parnell, Auckland (student)

1919:  Tawera Road, Greenlane, Auckland (tutor)

1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1941:  35 Tawera Road, Greenlane, Auckland (assistant master)

1943, 1946:  2 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Auckland (master)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1926, 1930, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942:  35 Tawera Street, One Tree Hill, Auckland (teacher)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

 

Updated 9 January 2017

 

 

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John Alexander Algie, 1857-1948

 

Algie's Castle (Merksworth Castle)

Algie's Castle (Merksworth Castle)

 

Colvin Stewart Algie, 1887-1916

Colvin Stewart Algie, 1887-1916

 

Ronald Macmillan Algie, 1888-1978

Ronald Macmillan Algie, 1888-1978

 

Donald Colvin Algie, 1915-1990

Donald Colvin Algie, 1915-1990

 

Cecil Mary Algie (nee Upton) & Donald Colvin Algie

Cecil Mary Algie (nee Upton) and Donald Colvin Algie

 

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Elizabeth Margaret Bayliss (née Algie)

 

Thomas Frank Bayliss & Elizabeth Margaret Bayliss

Thomas Frank Bayliss and Elizabeth Margaret Bayliss (nee Algie)

 

Adrian Cassaidy & Mary Florence Cassaidy

Adrian Cassaidy and Mary Florence Cassaidy (nee Algie)

 

Matthew Colvin Algie and Wendy Algie (nee Thow)

Matthew Colvin Algie and Wendy Algie (nee Thow) with minister Lesley Hyde

 

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The Millett – Fletcher connection

 

 

THE MILLETT – FLETCHER CONNECTION

 

 

JOHN FLETCHER

 

            Born 1655.

            Married MARY ROSS, born 1700.

 

 

DAVID FLETCHER

 

            Born 1724 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Married about 1750 at St Andrews AGNES GRAHAME, born about 1730, died 1800.

 

7 children, including:

 

 

DAVID FLETCHER

 

            Born 3 December 1755, baptised 7 December 1755 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

 

Married on 22 January 1773 at St Andrews BARBARA ARMET, born 10 February 1751, baptised 10 February 1751 at Ceres, Fife, daughter of James Armet and Ann Gourlay.

Died 1830.

 

Son:

 

 

WILLIAM FLETCHER

 

            Born 23 October 1780, baptised 27 October 1780 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

 

Married on 2 April 1803 at St Andrews KATHERINE MELVILLE, born 30 April 1772 at Coaltown of Balgonie, Fife, baptised 6 May 1772 at Markinch, Fife, daughter of David Melville (1738-1809) and Katherine Smith (1742-1803);  died 19 April 1826 at St Andrews.

 

Died 7 April 1841 at St Andrews.

 

13 children, including:

 

 

WILLIAM FLETCHER

           

Born 6 November 1811 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, baptised 10 November 1811 at St Andrews.

Gardener.

 

Married on 2 December 1851 at Barry, Angus, Scotland MARGARET GORDON, born 2 April 1828 at Kenloch, Forfarshire, Angus, baptised 6 April 1828 at Inverkeilor, Angus, daughter of John Gordon and Ann Archibald;  died 27 October 1894 at Dundee, Angus.

           

Died 19 February 1901 at Dundee, Angus.

 

3 children:

 

 

(1)  HELEN GORDON FLETCHER

 

            Born 10 December 1856 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

 

 

(2)  MARGARET JANE GORDON FLETCHER

 

            Born 17 February 1862 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

 

 

(3)  JOHN GORDON FLETCHER

 

            Born 1 July 1853 at Dundee, Angus, Scotlanbd.

            Captain, Royal Navy.

 

Married (1)  on 16 February 1880 at Dundee MARGARET ROBERTSON, born 21 January 1855 at Elgin, Morayshire, daughter of Alexander Robertson (1833-1888) and Isabella Taylor (1834-1888).

 

Married (2) in March 1901 at Mitford, Norfolk ADELAIDE LOUISE LAKE, born June 1873 at Melton Parva, Norfolk, daughter of Robert Lake (1843-1921) and Rebecca Rayner Bishop (1844-1922);  died 26 January 1956 at Portsmouth, Hampshire.

 

In 1922 he was living in Albert, Somme, France.  From at least 1931 he was living with his family in London, England.


 Died on 24 July 1945 at Canons Park, Edgware, London, and cremated on 27 July 1945 at Golders Green Crematorium, Barnet, London.


Source:  The Times (London) Thursday 26 July 1945, p. 1.



 Naval service of John Gordon Fletcher

 

1868 (26 January) to 1870 (28 February):  Boy 2nd Class, HMS Duncan

 

Sources:  Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement;  Service record of John Gordon Fletcher.

 

HMS Duncan was a 101-gun screw-propelled first-rate launched in 1859.

 

Source:  Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Duncan.

 

 

1870 (1 March) to 1872 (21 March):  HMS Repulse.

 

Source:  Service record of John Gordon Fletcher.

 

HMS Repulse was an ironclad wooden battleship launched in 1868 and sold in 1889.

 

Source:  Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Repulse.

 

 

1872 (22 March) to 31 December 1872):  HMS Favorite

 

Source:  Service record of John Gordon Fletcher.

 

HMS Favorite was a wooden ironclad battleship launched in 1864 and paid off in 1876.  She was First Reserve guardship on the east coast of Scotland from 1872 to 1876, in succession to HMS Repulse.

 

Source:  Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Favorite_(1864).

 

            1879 (17 December) to 1880:  Chief Quarter Master, HMS Lord Warden.

 

Source:  Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement.

 

HMS Lord Warden was a wooden-hulled iron-clad frigate launched in March 1865 and completed in August 1867. 

 

Source:  Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Lord_Warden_(1865)

 

1880:  Petty Officer, HMS Squirrel

 

Source:  Marriage Certificate of John Gordon Fletcher.

 

HMS Squirrel was a coastguard cutter built in 1866 and sold in 1905.

 

Source:  Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Squirrel.

 

1881:  Chief Quarter Master, HMS Psyche  

 

Vessel Psyche (Royal Navy)

John G. Fletcher  Married  Age 27  Sex M  Birthplace Dundee, Scotland  C.Q.M. (Chief Quarter Master)  (In command)

 

Source:  Royal Navy Ships in Port 1881 http://www.angelfire.com/de/BobSanders/RNSquirrel81.html.

 

HMS Psyche was a coastguard vessel purchased in 1878 and sold in 1884.

 

Source:  Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Psyche.

 

1887:  Chief Mate, HMS Hawk

 

Source:  Birth certificate of Alexander William Fletcher.

 

HMS Hawk was a screw coastguard vessel launched in 1869.  She was renamed HMS Amelia in 1888.

 

Source:  Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hawk.

 

1892:  Captain, HMS Active

 

Source:  Birth certificate of son John Gordon Fletcher.

 

HMS Active was a Volage-class iron screw corvette launched in 1869 and sold in 1906.

 

Source:  Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Active.

 

 

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GORDON FLETCHER AND MARGARET ROBERTSON

 

            (1)  ISABELLA ROBERTSON FLETCHER

 

Born 11 January 1881 at Leith, Midlothian Scotland.

Died 3 December 1965 at Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

See below.

 

 

(2)  ALEXANDER WILLIAM FLETCHER

 

Born 1 August 1887 in Portsea, Southampton, Hampshire, England.

Farmer at Kaitaratahi, near Gisborne.

 

Married on 28 February 1912 at Kaitaratahi FLORA TENNANT SCOTT, born 17 December 1884 at Kaitaratahi, daughter of George Scott (1836-1896) and Kate Dunlop (1851-1925);  died 28 October 1958 at Gisborne.

 

Child:

 

ALEXANDER WILLIAM FLETCHER, born 27 February 1916 at Gisborne. Farmer at Waipaoa, Gisborne.  Private, New Zealand Infantry, 2nd NZEF.  Married in 1946 at Gisborne CHRISTINA BETTY SYMON, born 1925, died 30 July 1993 at Gisborne.  Four children:  Robert Alexander Fletcher (born 5 June 1948);  Angela Enid Fletcher (born 13 August 1949);  Carmen Fletcher (born 5 August 1952);  Rosalind Janelle Fletcher (born 12 November 1953).  Died 10 May 1989 at Waipaoa, Gisborne.

 

Died 9 December 1917 in Palestine, buried 1918 in Memorial War Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel.

 

 

Emigration to New Zealand

 

There is no record of an Alexander William Fletcher in Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.

There is an “Alex Fletcher” leaving Glasgow for Sydney in 1911.

There are also males named “Wm Fletcher” leaving Plymouth for Auckland in 1891;  London for Wellington in 1908;  and London for Auckland in 1911.

 

War Service

 

Left Wellington with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 17th Reinforcements, New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 5 October 1916 aboard the S.S. Manuka bound for Sydney, then on the Morea bound for Suez, Egypt.  Trooper, then Second Lieutenant, Tank Corps.  Killed in action on 9 December 1917 in Palestine.  Awarded the Victory Medal “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in getting his tank into action over very difficult ground.    He led it on foot to within a hundred yards of his objective, and put out of action a machine gun which was holding up the attack.  Later, while patrolling in front of the newly captured line, his unditching gear was shot away and his tank became ditched.  He thereupon got out of the tank under heavy fire from rifle grenades and machine guns in search of timber with which to replace the damaged gear, and while thus engaged he was wounded.”

 

Sources: 

Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/4929.detail

New Zealand’s Roll of Honour  http://pages.quicksilver.net.nz/l.rwilloughby/Sinai-Palestine/fletcheralexanderwilliam.htm

Supplement to the London Gazette 9 January 1918, p. 604.

 

                        Residence in New Zealand

 

1911:  Tangihau, Wharekopai;  Te Karaka, Gisborne (station manager;  shepherd)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

(3)  JOHN GORDON FLETCHER

 

Born 12 December 1892 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

 

                                    Source:  Birth certificate of John Gordon Fletcher.

                       

Moved to France about 1913, and was naturalised on 20 October 1921.

 

Married on 24 February 1919 at Port-Noyelles, Somme, Picardie, France LUCIA ALINE ZÉLIE FONTAINE (born about 1895 in France, died after 1946 in France).

 

Died 29 July 1942 at Auschwitz, Malopolskie, Poland.

 

War Service

 

For an Intelligence Corps veteran of the Great War, the advent of WW2 would lead to a tragic end.  As a civilian living in France, his efforts to support the Allied cause would lead to his capture and interrogation by the Gestapo and finally his death in one of the Nazis’ most notorious death camps, Auschwitz.  John Gordon Fletcher was born in Scotland, served with the Intelligence Corps in WW1 and finally settled in France.  He was among many that risked their lives to help downed Allied airmen to escape capture and as a result of an act of betrayal, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

 

John was born in Overgate, Dundee on 12 December 1892, the son of a sea captain.  At some point he moved to France and must have assimilated into the country very well, as he joined the French Army when war broke out in 1914.  He remained in its ranks until 1915, when he enlisted into the British Army as a driver with the Army Service Corps (regimental number: T4-122846) and was back in France on 9 October 1915.

 

John undoubtedly spoke fluent French, and this combined with his knowledge of the country made him an ideal candidate for the Intelligence Corps;  and by December 1915 he had been transferred to the Royal Fusiliers (Intelligence Corps) with the rank of acting-corporal (regimental number: G-95493).

 

John survived the war and remained in France.  He applied for the 1914 Star, requesting that his service with the French Army be recognised for eligibility of the award;  this was declined, but John was awarded the 1914-15 Star (as member of the Corps).  On 8 October 1918 John was also awarded the French Médaille Militaire (military medal) for his distinguished service as a British soldier by the French government.  (The medal was awarded by the French Republic to other ranks, for meritorious service and acts of bravery against the enemy.  It was the third highest award after the Légion d’honneur).

 

By 1921, he had become a French citizen and went by the name of “Jean”;  he had also married Lucia Fontaine, who ran a restaurant in the town of Albert.  John worked, probably as a guard, at the Potez aircraft factory located at Méaulte, on the outskirts of Albert.  At the time it was the largest aircraft factory in the world, covering 2.5 acres and employing 3200 workers (1930).  Following a series of strikes in the mid-1930s, the French government nationalised the war industry and this including the Potez factory.  Following the defeat of France in 1940 the plant was requisitioned by the Germans.

 

Although John continued to work at the factory, he was secretly helping to resist the Germans and was part of an underground escape line that aided downed Allied airmen.  However, in May 1942 John and two other men (they also worked at the factory) were betrayed by an informant to the Gestapo.  On 20 May German military police raided the factory and the three men were arrested.  John’s involvement in the resistance was not known until after the war and it was believed by many that he had simply been detained in error.  In fact, following enquires by the French Police in 1943, at the request of Lucia, the French authorities reported that they could not determine the reason for his arrest as he “was neither Jew, Freemason nor political”.

 

John was held at the Albert City Hotel for two days, before being moved to Frontstalag 122 in Compiègne.  This was a German military prison used as an internment camp primarily for political prisoners who were processed prior to deportation to concentration or death camps;  John was “prisoner 5821”.

 

On 6 July 1942 John was loaded onto a cattle truck and transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, arriving on 8 July.  He became “prisoner 45544” and was assigned to Block 12.  John was 50 years old, and had probably suffered brutal treatment since his arrest, and just 21 days later he was dead.  He was listed in the camp’s Death Books, volume 2, page 296 as dying on 30 July 1942 (he died on 29 July).

 

His fate was not known until after the war.  The French government had conducted an investigation into those that had been deported from France and the search of the records seized from Auschwitz revealed that he had died;  a photograph was also recovered.  On 26 November 1946, following a petition by Lucia, his marital status in the Book of Deaths was corrected to “married”.

 

On 2 April 2009, John Gordon Fletcher’s demise was formerly registered by the French government as “death in deportation”.

 

Source:  https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1586719768301035&id=1466925213613825

 

 

Haunted eyes, haggard face and that grimly familiar striped uniform.  There’s something dark and tragic about the picture – even before you notice the word “Auschwitz”.  But this isn’t one of the unknown lost souls, he is one of our own – John Gordon Fletcher from Dundee.  He arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau on July 8 1942 and is the only known Dundonian to have perished in the epicentre of the Holocaust.

 

Recent information has surfaced that shines a light on to the life of John, born in the Overgate on December 12 1892, the son of a sea captain.  He served with the British Army during the First World War, initially with the Army Service Corps and the Royal Fusiliers before being moved into the Intelligence Corps.  It appears he left Dundee and settled in France prior to the conflict, because when claiming his war medals he asked if previous service in the French army counted.

 

He stayed in France after the war and by 1921 he was married to Lucia Fontaine who ran a bistro at 12 Avenue George Clemenceau in the town of Albert in the Somme region.  By this time, he’d dropped the name John and was using the French version, Jean.  He got on with his life, worked at a government-owned aircraft factory in the nearby town of Meaulte – until war came once more to that battle-scarred part of France.

 

When the Germans swept through France in 1940 they requisitioned the factory as they needed aircraft parts themselves and, as a skilled worker, John might have been relatively safe.  However, there was a father and son working at the factory, Ernest and Rene Pignet, who had been helping shot-down Allied airmen and escaped prisoners of war to evade capture.

 

There were collaborators everywhere and someone tipped-off the Gestapo.  At noon on May 20 1942, German military police raided the factory and arrested the two Pignet men – and John as well.  The French authorities – who operated under direct Nazi control – asked why John had been arrested as he “is neither Jew nor Freemason nor political”.  They even wrote to his wife saying they didn’t know why John had been taken, although after the war it was discovered he had assisted the Pignets.

 

The three men were locked up in Albert City Hotel until May 22 when they were taken to Compiègne and imprisoned in Frontstalag 122 – a German military prison.  John was registered under the number 5821 and was now in a system from which escape was virtually impossible.

 

Suddenly it became much, much worse.  Between late May and late June 1942, John was selected with more than a thousand hostages who were to be deported in retaliation for the activities of the Resistance.  At dawn on July 6 1942 the prisoners were forced at gunpoint into cattle wagons at Compiègne station.  Their destination was Poland.

 

The journey took nearly three days, and on July 8 John arrived at Auschwitz where he was processed.  He was photographed and given the number 45544.  The Nazis needed skilled workers and although the Auschwitz-Birkenau facility is remembered as a death camp, it housed workshops and factories too.

The picture shows John gaunt, his eyes unfocused.  His post-arrest interrogation is likely to have been savage.  The time in a German military prison would have been a nightmare for a fit young man.  But he was 50, a war veteran, and he lasted just 21 days in Auschwitz before he died.  What killed him is not known.

 

He was snatched from his family and his home and taken to a place where he stopped existing as a person and became simply 45544.  After the war the French started trying to discover what happened to the thousands who had been deported and in Auschwitz they discovered John’s picture and some of his details.  In 1946 they sent a note to the Provost of Dundee stating that John Fletcher of the city had died in Auschwitz.

 

Source:  Daily Telegraph (London) 30 August 2016.

 

 

JOHN GORDON FLETCHER, known as Jean

Auschwitz registration number 45544

 

Jean Fletcher was born on 12 December 1892 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland, son of Margaret Robertson and John Gordon Fletcher.

He lived at 12 avenue Georges Clémenceau in Albert (Somme) at the time of his arrest.  According to his military registration card, Jean Fletcher was 1m 64 in height, had chestnut-brown hair and grey-brown eyes, a broad forehead and a rather prominent nose.  He had an oval face.  At the time of the draft board of 1922 (see below) he worked as a hotelier in Albert (Somme) where his parents lived.  He had a level of education “No. 2” for the army (can read and write and count, primary instruction).

 

Born in Scotland, Jean Fletcher had not been enumerated in France with his age group (1912).  But at the declaration of war, he voluntarily enlisted on 1 September 1914 “for the duration of the war” in the Second Foreign Regiment and he was sent to Bordeaux where he arrived on 6 September.  On 16 September 1914 he embarked for Fez.  He was engaged in the Morocco campaign until 10 June 1915. On this date his enlistment was cancelled (10 June D.12240 2/1) and he was sent to the English base depot at Le Havre.  He then served in the English army “until the end of hostilities” in the “Third Intelligence Corps” (intelligence service).  He was demobilised with the rank of sergeant.

 

Jean Fletcher was decorated with the military medal (decree of October 1918), the colonial medal, the medal of Morocco and the Combatant Volunteer Cross of the war 1914/18 (in 1937).   According to a reference in his regimental roll “the person concerned seems to be entitled to the veteran’s card, following his service with the 2nd Foreign Regiment, the 24th company to which Fletcher was attached having been in the zone of operations from 6-9-14 to 10-6-1915”.

 

On 24 February 1919 Jean Fletcher married Lucia Aline Zélie Fontaine, restaurant keeper, then domiciled in Pont-Noyelles (Somme).

 

Jean Fletcher was naturalised by decree of 20 October 1921.  He thus became liable for French military service.  But “By ministerial decision of 24 April 1922, the Minister of War decided that the person concerned, a naturalised Frenchman regularly enumerated with the class of 1922, will have his previous service taken into consideration and will be exempted from military service.  He will be placed on the availability list until he joins the reserves with the class of 1922”.

 

For the army reserve, he was assigned to the 72nd Infantry Regiment, then reassigned to the 2nd Anti-Aircraft Regiment, then to the 3rd (1923), then to the 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, then to the 101st Artillery Regiment in the framework of mobilisation Plan A..

 

In November 1933 and until October 1936 the couple lived at 30 rue des Bonnes Gens in Berck-sur-mer (Pas-de-Calais).  Then at 10 rue Aristide Danvin in Berk-Plage.  In November 1939 they lived at 29 rue Albert Pifre in Albert (Somme), then moved to 19 rue de Beaumont in Albert.

 

On 12 September 1939 he was employed (as a caretaker) at the Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord (“Henri Potez Aircraft” factories in Méaulte (near Albert) and thus was classified by the army as “Special Affected” Table 3, 2nd region “until further notice”.  He would not therefore be mobilized.  Henry Potez created in 1924 the largest aerospace factory in the world, on 2.5 hectares (3200 employees in 1930). This is where the Potez 25, the mythical plane that would make a bright future for the Aéropostale [Aircraft Company], would be released.  The plant was nationalised in 1937 and became SNCAN (Société Nationale de Construction Aéronautique du Nord);  it manufactured the twin-engine Potez 63-11, the Air Force’s most used plane in 1939/1940.

 

The couple lived at 12 avenue Georges Clémenceau in Albert (Somme) at the time of his arrest.

 

Jean Fletcher was arrested by the German authorities at his place of work (probably on the same date as Ernest and René Pignet of Albert).  The Germans interned him on 23 May 1942 at the German Royallieu camp in Compiègne (Frontstalag 122) under the number 5821.  His wife sought to have news of him (she made a request for information to [Fernand de] Brinon.  Following her request the police investigation was carried out on 24 September1943, details of which are given in his file at the DAVCC, mentioning that he is “neither convicted, nor Jew, nor Freemason, nor political”, without giving another reason for arrest).

 

Jean Fletcher was deported to Auschwitz in the convoy of 6 July 1942, known as the “45000”.  This convoy of hostages, composed for the most part of a thousand communists (party political leaders and trade unionists of the CGT [Confédération Générale du Travail]) and about fifty Jewish hostages (1170 men at the time of their registration at Auschwitz) was part of the German retaliatory measures intended to fight, in France, the “Judeo-Bolsheviks” responsible, in the eyes of Hitler, for the armed engagements organized by the clandestine communist party against officers and soldiers of the Wehrmacht, from August 1941.

 

He was registered on his arrival at Auschwitz on 8 July1942 under the number “45544”.  His registration photo at Auschwitz was found among those which members of the Camp’s internal Resistance had hidden to save them from destruction, ordered by the SS shortly before the evacuation of Auschwitz.  After registration, he spent the night in Block 13 (the 1170 deportees of the convoy were crammed into two rooms).  On 9 July all were led on foot to the Birkenau camp annex, located 4 km from the main camp.  On 13 July he was questioned about his profession.  Specialists needed by the SS for their workshops were selected and returned to Auschwitz I (approximately half of the convoy).  The others remained in Birkenau, employed in earthmoving and construction of the blocks.  Jean Fletcher would have been assigned to Block 12 in Birkenau (information on his file at the DAVCC).

 

He died in Auschwitz on 29 July 1942, according to his death certificate issued at the camp for the civil register of the municipality of Auschwitz (in Death Books from Auschwitz volume 2 page 296).  His wife asked for a modification of his civil status and obtained satisfaction on 26 November 1946:  he was declared “Died at Auschwitz on 30 July 1942”.

 

The endorsement Died for France was attributed to him on 30 March 1948.  A decree on his civil status published in the JO [Journal officiel de la République Française] of 2 April 2009 was inscribed “died during deportation”.

 

Sources

  • Albert Town Hall (14 May 1991).

  • Mr. Lalou, ADIRP [Association des déportés, internés, résistants et patriotes] Amiens (26 March 1991).

  • Death Books from Auschwitz.  Paris, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, 1995 (based mainly on death certificates, dated 27 July 1941 to 31 December 1943, relating to detainees registered in the Auschwitz camp.  These registers are unfortunately fragmentary).

  • Office of the Division of the Archives of Contemporary Conflicts (DAVCC), Ministry of Defense, Caen (individual file No. 10182, consulted in 1991).

  • List (incomplete) by registration number of the convoy of 6 July1942 established in 1974 by the historians of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau (Office of the Archives of Victims of Contemporary Conflicts, Ministry of Defense, Caen) generally indicating the date of death at the camp.

  • “Book of deportees who received medicine at the infirmary of Birkenau, kommando Auschwitz” (registration number, date, roll, room, name, nature of the medication) from 1.11.1942 to 15.07.1943. (DAVCC - Caen).

  • Website www.mortsdanslescamps.com.

  • Registers of military rolls.

     

Source:  Cardon-Hemet, Claudine.  Déportés politiques à Auschwitz, le convoi du 6 juillet 1942:  biographies et articles historiques (2016).

http://politique-auschwitz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/06/fletcher-john-gordon-dit-jean.html.

 

Translated by Tony Millett November 2017.

 

 

(4)  MAGGIE FLETCHER

 

Born about 1890.

 

                                    Source:  Census Scotland 1891.

 

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GORDON FLETCHER AND ADELAIDE LOUISE LAKE

 

(1)  ADELINE LOUISE FLETCHER

 

Born 1 March 1902 at Tralee, Kerry, Ireland.

                        Died 29 July 1989 at Horndean, Hampshire, England.

 

                                    Source:  England and Wales Death Index, 1916-2007.

 

 

(2)  BEATRICE FLETCHER

 

Born about 1903 in Kerry, Ireland.

 

                                    Source:  United Kingdom Census 1911.

 

 

(3)  DOROTHY FLETCHER

 

Born in 1906 at Ballyheigue, Kerry, Ireland.

 

                                    Source:  United Kingdom Census 1911.

 

 

(4)  ROBERT GORDON FLETCHER

 

Born 23 July 1912 at South Stoneham, Hampshire, England.

Died 2002 at Portsmouth, Hampshire.

 

                                    Source:  England and Wales Death Index, 1916-2007.

 

 

 

ISABELLA ROBERTSON FLETCHER

 

Born 11 January 1881 at Granton Road, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland,  baptised 3 March 1881 at 7 Bayton Terrace, Leith.

 

Married on 10 July 1902 at Presbyterian Church, Feilding, Manawatu GEORGE NICHOLLS MILLETT (see below).

 

Died 3 December 1965 at Remuera, Auckland.

Cremated 7 December 1965 at Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland.

 

 

Residence in 1901

 

On Census night 31 March 1901 Kate Millett, Isabella R. Fletcher and a boarder were living at 21 Partickhill Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

 

Source:  Scottish Census (via Ancestry.com)

 

Arrival in New Zealand

 

Papanui, from London

 

The New Zealand Shipping Company’s steamer Papanui arrived this afternoon from London via Capetown and Hobart.  She brought the following passengers for Wellington :--First saloon--Rev Dewing, Messrs Mallalleu, Spencer.  Second saloon--Misses Elder (3), Hoddinot, Fletcher, Martin, Mesdames Elder, Jacob, Millett, Revs Murray, Jacob, Messrs Dowson, Duxburg, Nicholas, Masters, Elder (3), and 31 third-class.  She has also 114 for all other ports.  Three thousand six hundred tons of cargo will be discharged at this port.

 

Source:  Evening Post vol. 62 issue 156, 31 December 1901, p. 6

(via http://PapersPast.natlib.govt.nz).

 

The Papanui

 

Built in 1898 by Wm Deny & Bros, Dumbarton, Scotland for the New Zealand Shipping Company, the Papanui was a 6,372 gross ton ship, length 430 ft x beam 54.1 ft (131.06 m x 16.49 m), one funnel, two masts (square rigged for sail on the foremast), single screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was accommodation for 34 1st, 45 2nd and 400 emigrant class passengers. She carried a crew of 108. She was sold off in December 1909 after striking an uncharted rock off the coast of Tasmania, Australia.

 

Residence in Bay of Plenty

 

Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Millett, who have been residing in Tauranga for some time past, have decided to take up their residence in Mount Maunganui.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 3 September 1906, p. 2.

 

Departure from Tauranga

 

Sailed. Jan. 21.- Ngatiawa, s.s., 463 tons, Stein, for Auckland. Passengers:  Mesdames Millett and two children ...

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 22 January 1908, p. 1.

 

Return to Tauranga

 

Arrived.  Aug. 24.-Waiotahi, s.s., 278 tons, Hopkins, from Auckland.  Passengers:  Mesdames ... Millett and two children; ... Messrs ... Millett ...

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 25 August 1909, p. 2.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

1905/06, 1908:  Ohiwa, Opotiki (household duties)

1919:  Hukuwai, Opotiki (married)

1925, 1928, 1931:  Vine Street, St Heliers, Auckland (married)

1935, 1938:  12 Kaimata Street, St Heliers, Auckland (married)

1941, 1943:  14 Minnehaha Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (married)

1946, 1949, 1954:  4 Kingsford Road, Balmoral, Auckland (married)

1957, 1960:  22A Minnehaha Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (married)

1963:  24 Minnehaha Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (widow)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

GEORGE NICHOLLS MILLETT

 

Born 29 August 1880 at Rajahmundry, Madras, India, baptised 7 June 1881 at Madron, Cornwall, second son of Towers Trevorian Millett (28 December 1852-5 August 1882) and Kate Leslie (30 January 1851-27 December 1921) (see Millett of Bosavern and Marazion: Biographical Notes).

Engineer.

 

Married on 10 July 1902 at Presbyterian Church, Feilding, Manawatu ISABELLA ROBERTSON FLETCHER (see above).

 

Died 5 February 1962 at Devonport, Auckland.

Cremated 7 February 1962 at Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland.

 

 

Residence in 1891, 1897

 

On Census night 5 April 1891 Kate, her two sons, and her sister-in-law Sarah Matilda Millett were living with two servants and a border at 27 Beaconsfield Villas, Steyning, Sussex.

 

Source:  FreeCEN 1891

 

            Towers’ wife and two boys are in Glasgow.

 

Source:  Letter dated 15 November 1897 from Anne Nicholls Louisa Edwards née Millett to her uncle William Nicholls Harris.

 

Voyage to New Zealand

 

Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960

 

Name                                       Geo N Millett

Date of departure                    26 September 1900

Port of departure                    London

Destination port                      Wellington

Destination country                New Zealand

Age                                         19

Marital status                         Single

Sex                                          Male

Occupation                             Clerk

 

Ship                                         Delphic

Master’s name                                    W Sowden

Steamship Line                       Shaw Savill & Albion Co Limited

Where bound                          New Zealand

Square feet                              6338

Registered tonnage                 8273

Passengers on voyage             270

 

Source:  http://www.FindMyPast.com

 

Delphic, from London

 

Shortly after 10 o’clock this morning, the White Star liner Delphic, from London, Plymouth, Teneriffe, Capetown, and Hobart, came to an anchorage in the stream, where her passengers were inspected by the Health Officer, who found everything satisfactory.  As there were a large number of passengers on board to be examined, the vessel was not berthed at the Queen’s Wharf until 12.20 pm.  She left Plymouth at 2.41 pm on 29th September, sighted Teneriffe 4th October at 8.45 pm, passing the island quite close, so as to signal “All well”.  Fair weather was experienced to lnt 18.49 deg S, when a strong breeze and rough sea was encountered, which was met with on and off until arrival at Capetown on 22nd October at 3.58 pm.  The vessel resumed her voyage next day at noon.  Heavy swells and unfavourable weather were encountered during the greater part of the run to Hobart, which was reached on 14th November at 7.30 am.  Having discharged cargo for Tasmanian ports and landed passengers, etc, the Delphic left for Wellington on 16th November at noon.  Fine weather was met with for the remainder of the voyage.

 

She brought the following passengers for Wellington :--Third-class—Misses Barr, Croft, Haddy, Hennessy, Ledbrook, Lee, Nyham, Wise, Wilson, Oldridge, Mesdames Haddy, Wahren, Wilson and infant; Wise, Jonson, Captain M’Intyre, Messrs Cooper, Craig (2), Foster, Gilbert, Gilbank, Haddy (2), Harbottle, James, Jay, Brosnan, Ledbrook (3), Macpherson, Millett, Nyham, Potts, Pritchard, Palmer, Rowlands, Stevenson (2), Spearing, Wise, Thornton, Walker, Wahren, Wilson, Keyes (2).

 

The voyage was uneventful, and no ice or wreckage was seen.  The usual entertainments were held at intervals.  Particulars of her cargo have already been published.

 

Source:  Evening Post vol. 60 issue 123, 21 November 1900, p. 6

(via http://PapersPast.natlib.govt.nz).

 

Residence in Bay of Plenty

 

Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Millett, who have been residing in Tauranga for some time past, have decided to take up their residence in Mount Maunganui.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 3 September 1906, p. 2.

 

Boat service

 

Launch Active

 

Leaves Wharf for the Mount daily, if sufficient inducement offers, starting at 10 a.m., returning 5.30 p.m.  Seats 30.  Adult’s fare 1s. return.  Children, under 12, half fare.  Parcels and goods carried.  Parties hiring privately, 30s. per day.  G. N. MILLETT.

 

Source:  Advertisement, Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 19 December 1906, p. 3.

 

Rescue at sea

 

Yesterday morning whilst fishing off Wairakei in the launch Active Mr Millett had a very severe seizure of the heart, which rendered him powerless to manage his boat, and no one else being in the boat he was placed in a very awkward position.  He kept the engine going, but lying in a prostrate position could not steer the boat.  Mr E. J. Cullen, who was out in the yacht Gipsy, noticing a flag half-masted on the Active, went to Mr Millett’s assistance, and made the Gipsy fast to the Active.  A very heavy sea sprang up, which parted the tow-line twice, and after considerable difficulty Mr Cullen safely brought the two boats over the bar and anchored them in Pilot Bay, where Mr Millett was taken ashore and attended to.  Much praise is due to Mr Cullen, and Master M. Keefe who was in the Gipsy with him, for their praiseworthy action in rendering assistance to Mr Millett.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 24 April 1907, p. 2.  Pilot Bay is in Tauranga Harbour.

 

Engineering

 

Last week Mr P. Murray had considerable alterations made to his large yacht by Mr J. Brain.  A 5 h.p. Zealandia engine was also installed in the vessel by Mr G. N. Millett, engineer.  The boat was given a trial spin on Friday and gave a speed of over seven miles an hour.  Mr Murray intends to use the vessel for fishing purposes.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 25 September 1907, p. 2.

 

Disposal of launch

 

Mr Millet has purchased the launch Gladys from Mr Ferguson, having disposed of the launch Active to Mr H. Tanner.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 16 May 1906, p. 2.

 

Mr Millett has disposed of his 10 h.p. oil launch Active to Messrs Beets Bros.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 27 September 1907, p. 2.

 

Examination for master of fishing boat

 

The following have successfully passed the examination for masters of fishing boats under 5 tons, held by Captain Goertz, at Tauranga, on July 22 last:- ... G. N. Millett ...

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 30 September 1907, p. 2.

 

            Qualifications

 

Certificate of Competency, Masters, Mates and Engineers, Fishing Boat up to 5 Tons, 20 September 1907.

 

                        Source:  AJHR 1908 Session I, H-15, p. 28.

 

Certificate of Competency, Masters, Mates and Engineers, Second-Class Oil Engineer, Sea-Going, 11 May 1909.

 

                        Source:  AJHR 1910 Session I, H-15, p. 28.

 

Certificate of Service as Master of Oil-Engine Vessels Not Exceeding Six Tons -- Restricted Limits, 3 November 1911.

 

                        Source:  AJHR 1912 Session II, H-15, p. 33.

 

Purchase of boat

 

Mr G.N. Millett has purchased from Mr J. Brain the well-known whale boat Tarawera.  The vessel is to be converted into an oil launch and is to be fitted with a Price’s oil engine.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 7 October 1907, p. 2.

 

Departure from Tauranga

           

Sailed.  Dec. 23 -- Aupouri, s.s., 463 tons, Haultain, for Auckland.  Passengers:  ... Messrs ... Millett ...

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times 27 December 1907, p. 1.

 

Lighthouse service

 

Mr. George N. Millett, of Wellington, has entered the lighthouse service.  He has been appointed to the Dog Island station, vice Mr. Arthur, transferred to Ponui Passage lighthouse.

 

Source:  Evening Post 15 May 1908, p. 6

 

Mr. Garland has been appointed lighthouse keeper on Centre Island.  He takes the place of Mr. Tipene, who transfers to Dog Island in succession to Mr. Millett, who has resigned.

 

Source:  Evening Post 6 August 1909, p. 6

 

Return to Tauranga

 

Arrived.  Aug. 24.-Waiotahi, s.s., 278 tons, Hopkins, from Auckland.  Passengers:  Mesdames ... Millett and two children; ... Messrs ... Millett ...

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 25 August 1909, p. 2.

 

            Garage business

 

The latest edition to the business establishment of the town [Tauranga] is the motor garage and engineering works opened by Mr G. N. Millett in Devonport Road.

 

Repair work to machinery of all descriptions will be undertaken, and in addition Mr Millett has secured the agency for the "Standard" car, which is specially constructed in England for heavy roads.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 22 December 1913, p. 5.

 

Mr G N Millett left Tauranga this morning to take over the Central Garage at Rotorua.

 

Source:  Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga) 17 December 1915, p. 2.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

1905/06, 1908:  Ohiwa, Opotiki (farmer)

1911, 1914:  Cameron Road, Tauranga (engineer)

1919:  King Street, Opotiki (motor mechanic)

1925:  Willow Street, Tauranga (engineer)

1928, 1931, 1935, 1938:  First Avenue, Tauranga (engineer)

1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1954:  Opua, Bay of Islands (engineer)

1960:  12 Carlisle Road, Brown’s Bay, Auckland (engineer)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1907:  Tauranga (fisherman)

1916:  Tauranga (engineer)

1923, 1926, 1930, 1933:  Vine Street, St Heliers, Auckland (engineer);  Tauranga (motor engineer)

1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1947:  Tauranga (motor engineer)

1942:  Opua

1946, 1947, 1950-51, 1954:  Paihia

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

 

CHILDREN OF GEORGE NICHOLLS MILLETT AND ISABELLA ROBERTSON FLETCHER

 

(1)  CHARLES TREVORIAN FLETCHER MILLETT

 

                        Born 9 May 1903 at Wanganui, baptised June 1903 at Wanganui.

                        Boat builder and launchmaster.

 

Married (1) on 28 February 1934 at Tauranga MARGARET ELLEN BROOKES, born 18 March 1903 at Christchurch, eldest daughter of John Brookes (1877-1949) and Frances Ellen Butcher (1867-1941);  died 20 April 1999 at Takapuna, Auckland.

 

Children:

 

MARGARET ELISABETH MILLETT, born 31 December 1934 at Tauranga.  Married on 31 January 1975 at Otahuhu, Auckland JOHN VINCENT SUTTON, born 31 July 1941 at Parawera near Te Awamutu, Waikato.  No children.

 

JOHN CHARLES BRIAN MILLETT (Brian), born 24 August 1938 at Tauranga.  Married on 17 March 1979 at Takapuna, Auckland CHRISTINE ANN PACKER, born 8 August 1949 at Wellington.

3 children:  Clifford Charles Millett (born 29 December 1980);  Trent David Millett (born 23 March 1984);  Helena Marie Millett (born 9 April 1985).

 

MICHAEL GEORGE MILLETT, born 13 June 1940 at Tauranga.  Married on 3 August 1963 at Khyber Pass, Auckland ALISON ESTHER HEATH, born 29 December 1941 at Auckland.  2 children:  Peter Michael Alfred Millett (born 3 May 1968);  Antony Malcolm Trevorian Millett (born 21 February 1970).

 

IVAN RICHARD MILLETT, born 12 September 1944 at Takapuna, Auckland.  Married on 18 November 1965 at Takapuna, Auckland EDWINA PILKINGTON HUGHES, born 15 May 1939 at Auckland.

No children.

 

Married (2) on 3 May 1963 CUSHLA HELEN KATE PURDIE, born 27 September 1906, daughter of David Norman Purdie (1881-1944) and Maud Mary Lambert (1877-1958);  died 9 January 1980 at Takapuna, Auckland.  No children.

 

Married (3) on 25 September 1982 at Tauranga MARY AGNES DIXON, born 21 December 1919 at Mangonui, Northland, daughter of Robert Henry Dixon (1882-1947) and Elizabeth Helen Kitchen (1885-1959);  died 15 May 1989 at Tauranga?  No children.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

1925:  Vine Street, St Heliers, Auckland (apprentice)

1928:  First Avenue, Maungatapu, Tauranga;  Vine Street, St Heliers, Auckland (apprentice boat-builder)

1931:  Vine Street, St Heliers, Auckland (boat-builder)

1931, 1935, 1938, 1941:  First Avenue, Maungatapu, Tauranga (boatbuilder)

1943, 1946, 1949, 1954:  10 Tennyson Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (boatbuilder)

1969, 1972, 1975, 1978:  12 Stanley Point Road, Stanley Bay, Auckland  (retired)

1981:  70 Kulim Avenue, Otumoetai, Tauranga (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1930, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1947:  Tauranga (boat-builder)

1946, 1947, 1950-51, 1953-54:  10 Tennyson Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (boat-builder)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

Died 16 October 1995 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Cremated 20 October 1995 at North Shore Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Albany, Auckland.

 

 

            (2)  EDWARD TRACEY FLETCHER MILLETT (Ted)

 

                        Born  28 January 1906 at Wanganui, baptised 1906 at Tauranga.

Insurance manager.

                       

Married (1) on 3 November 1938 at Remuera, Auckland ELEANOR FLORENCE UPTON, born 13 March 1910 at Melbourne, eldest daughter of Percy Henry Upton (1874-1960) and Florence Sarah Nihill Pierce (1878-1954) (see The Millett – Upton Connection).

 

Children:

 

EDWARD JOHN UPTON MILLETT (John), born 5 March 1940 at Takapuna, Auckland.  Farmer.  Unmarried.

 

ANTONY PERCY UPTON MILLETT (Tony), born 1 May 1942 at Takapuna, Auckland.  Librarian.  Unmarried.

 

RICHARD TRACEY MILLETT, born 16 April 1946 at Takapuna, Auckland.  Sales executive.  Married on  3 May 1969 at Devonport, Auckland CREINA MARY DENTITH, born 12 December 1948 at Narrow Neck, Auckland.  2 children:  Christopher Tracey Millett (born 15 September 1971);  Jennifer Mary Millett (born 29 August 1974).  Died 28 April 2010 at Waiheke Island, Auckland.

 

Married (2) on 4 October 1974 at Milford, Auckland DOROTHY EILEEN BARRY, born 29 September 1923 at Napier, daughter of David Barry and Margaret O’Donoghue;  died 22 December 2007 at Albany, Auckland.  No children.

 

                        Residence in New Zealand

 

                        1928, 1931:  Vine Street, Maungatapu, Tauranga (insurance officer)

1935, 1938:  12 Kaimata Street, St Heliers, Auckland  (clerk)

1941, 1943, 1946, 1949:  14 Minnehaha Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (clerk)

1954, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1966:  24 Minnehaha Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (clerk, assistant manager, manager)

1969, 1972:  10 O’Neills Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (retired)

1975:  Flat 3, 227 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (retired)

1978, 1981:  10 O’Neills Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

Died 17 December 1989 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Cremated 19 December 1989 at North Shore Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Albany, Auckland.

 

 

See also:

 

The Millett – Leslie Connection.

            The Millett–Upton Connection.

                        Millett of Bosavern and Marazion: Biographical Notes.

 

 

 

Updated 9 December 2017

 

 

Towers Trevorian Millett, 1852-1882

Towers Trevorian Millett, 1852-1882

 

Kate Millett nee Leslie, 1851-1921

Kate Millett nee Leslie, 1851-1921

 

George Nicholls Millett, 1880-1962

George Nicholls Millett, 1880-1962

 

Isabella Robertson Millett nee Fletcher, 1881-1965

Isabella Robertson Millett nee Fletcher, 1881-1965

 

Isabella Robertson Millett nee Fletcher, 1881-1965

Isabella Robertson Millett nee Fletcher, 1881-1965

 

Alexander William Fletcher, 1887-1917, and Family

Alexander William Fletcher Snr, 1887-1917, and Family

 

John Gordon Fletcher.jpg

John Gordon Fletcher, 1892-1942

 

Alexander William Fletcher Jnr, 1916-1989

Alexander William Fletcher Jnr, 1916-1989


 

The Millett – Leslie connection

 

 

?  LESLIE

 

            Married MARGARET RENNIE.

           

            Children, including:

 

 

WILLIAM LESLIE

 

            Burgess of Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

            Lived at Newbigging near Dundee.

           

Married MARGARET WEMYSS, daughter of Arthur Wemyss of Dundee.

           

            4 children:

 

            (1)  ANDREW LESLIE

 

                        Baptised 25 October 1754 at Tealing, Angus.

                        Burgess of Edinburgh.

                        Captain in the Trained Bands (county militia).

                        Lived at Linlithgow, West Lothian.

 

Married DAVIDA ANDERSON, daughter of Robert Anderson and Grace Loudon.  No children.

 

 

            (2)  [DAUGHTER]

 

                        Married J. CUNNINGHAM.

 

 

            (3)  THOMAS LESLIE

           

                        See below.

 

 

(4)  JOHN LESLIE

 

                        Burgess of Dundee.

                        Lived at Dundee.

 

 

THOMAS LESLIE

 

            Born about 1758 at Dundee, Angus.

            Lived at Dundee.

 

Married on 22 April 1777 at St Mary’s, Watford, Hertfordshire ANNE MOULE (born about 1762 at Dundee).

 

            8 children:

 

            (1)  ANDREW LESLIE

 

                        Born 28 July 1777, baptised 3 August 1777 at Great Stanmore, Middlesex.

                        Surgeon in Royal Navy.  Possibly served in HMS Pegasus.

                       

Died 31 October 1866 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.

 

 

            (2)  WILLIAM LESLIE

 

                        Married to MARGARET McDONALD.

                       

Died about 1807 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.

 

                        2 children:

 

                        (1)  ELIZABETH ANNE LESLIE

 

Born 22 April 1805, baptised 10 May 1805 at Scots Church, Woolwich, Kent.

 

Married in 1857 at Newton Abbot, Devon JOSEPH SHEPPARD (died 21 June 1865 at Brampford Speke, Devon).  No children.

 

Died 6 December 1784 at Newton Abbot.

 

 

                        (2)  DAVID ANDERSON LESLIE  (daughter)

 

Born 22 March 1807, baptised 5 April 1807 at Scots Church, Woolwich, Kent.

Also known as Davida Anderson Leslie.

 

Died 12 November 1861 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.

 

 

(3)  MARGARET LESLIE

 

 

            (4)  THOMAS LESLIE

           

                        Born 15 January 1784, baptised 4 February 1784 at Dundee.

                       

Died in childhood (before July 1787) in Dundee.

 

 

(5)  JOHN LESLIE

 

            Born 21 July 1785, baptised 28 July 1785 at Dundee.

 

 

            (6)  THOMAS LESLIE

 

                        Born 1 July 1787, baptised 10 July 1787 at Dundee.

Royal Navy.

                       

Married ANNE McBEAN.

 

Naval service

 

Thomas Leslie served as a midshipman aboard HMS Centaur, and was present during action against the Russian fleet and capture of the 74-gunship Sewolod on 26 August 1808, during the Anglo-Russian War of 1807-1812.  He was awarded the Naval General Service Medal.

 

Source:  Naval General Service Medal, 1793-1840, p. 31 (via Ancestry.com).

 

In May 1808 the British sent a fleet under Vice-Admiral Sir James Saumarez to the Baltic.  The British 44-gun frigate Salsette captured the Russian cutter Opyt on 23 June [O.S. 11 June] 1808 after her captain and crew put up a heroic resistance.  The action took place off Norgen island, which defends Revel’ from the sea.  The Admiralty took Opyt into service as HMS Baltic.

 

Centaur and Implacable vs. Vsevolod

 

On 9 July the Russian fleet, under Admiral Peter Khanykov, came out from Kronstadt.  The Swedes massed a fleet under Swedish Admiral Rudolf Cederström, consisting of 11 line-of-battle ships and 5 frigates at Örö and Jungfrusund to oppose them.  On 16 August Saumarez then sent 74-guns Centaur and Implacable to join the Swedish fleet.  They chased two Russian frigates on the 19th and joined the Swedes the following day.

 

On 22 August the Russian fleet, consisting of nine ships of the line, five large frigates and six smaller ones, moved from Hanko to threaten the Swedes.  The Swedes, with the two British ships, grouped at Örö, and three days later sailed to meet the Russians.

 

The Russians and the Anglo-Swedish force were fairly evenly matched, but the Russians retreated and the Allied ships followed them.  Centaur and Implacable were better vessels than the Swedish ships and slowly pulled ahead, with Implacable catching up with a Russian straggler, the 74-gun Vsevolod  (also Sewolod) under Captain Rudnew (or Roodneff).  Eventually, and after heavy casualties, Vsevolod struck.  In 1847 the Admiralty awarded the Naval General Service Medal with clasps “Implacable 26 Augt. 1808” and “Centaur 26 Augt. 1808” to the surviving claimants (41 per vessel) from the action.

 

Vice-Admiral Saumerez with his entire squadron joined the Anglo-Swedish squadron the next day.  They then blockaded Khanykov’s squadron for some months.  After the British and the Swedes abandoned the blockade, the Russian fleet was able to return to Kronstadt.

 

Source:  Anglo-Russian War (1807-12) : Naval conflict in the Baltic.  Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Russian_War_(1807%E2%80%9312).

 

HMS Centaur

 

HMS Centaur was a 74-gun third rate of the Royal Navy, launched on 14 March 1797 at Woolwich.  She served as Sir Samuel Hood’s flagship in the Leeward Islands and the Channel.  During her 22-year career Centaur saw action in the Mediterranean, the Channel, the West Indies, and the Baltic, fighting the French, the Dutch, the Danes and the Russians.  She was broken up in 1819.

 

Source:  Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Centaur_(1797)

 

                        Child:

 

                                    EMMA LESLIE

 

                                    Baptised 31 March 1819 at Elgin, Morayshire.

 

 

            (7)  DAVID ANDERSON LESLIE

 

                        Born 1 February 1789, baptised 13 February 1789 at Dundee.

                        Captain in the 50th Regiment of Foot.

 

Killed during the Peninsula War (1807-1814) at the “Affair” of Langremunde [not identified] near San Sebastián, Spain, not long after he had got engaged to be married.

 

 

            (8)  WALTER WEMYSS LESLIE

 

                        See below.

 

 

WALTER WEMYSS LESLIE

 

Born 15 December 1791, baptised 2 January 1792 at Dundee, Angus.

            Commander, Royal Navy.

 

Married on 30 June 1817 at Titchfield, Hampshire ELIZABETH DANFORD (born 8 March 1792 at Titchfield, died 27 March 1877 at Highweek, Devon).

 

Died 29 January 1863 at Highweek, Devon.

 

4 children:

 

(1)  MATHEW HENRY LESLIE

 

            Born 1818 in Hampshire.

 

Married on 27 November 1875 in Victoria, Australia AMY MATILDA RIMMER (born 1853 at Kempton, Tasmania, died 1937 at Perth, Western Australia).

 

Died 2 March 1897 at Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia.

 

2 children:

 

(1)  ANDREW RIVERS LESLIE

 

Born 14 June 1877 at Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia.

 

Died 1954 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

 

 

(2)  FLORENCE ADA LESLIE

 

Born 15 June 1880 at St George, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Died 18 June 1880 at St George.

 

           

(2)  WALTER ALEXANDER LESLIE

 

                        See below.

 

 

(3)  GEORGE LESLIE

 

            Born 17 November 1828 at Flushing, Cornwall.

 

Married MARY KING (born 11 November 1843 at Minto, Roxburghshire, died 1 June 1918 at Strathfield, New South Wales).

           

Died 7 November 1906 at Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia.

 

            2 children:

 

            (1)  GEORGE WALTER DANFORD LESLIE

 

                        Born 17 August 1875 at Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Married in 1903 at Ashfield, New South Wales MAY SARAH SHEPPARD (born 10 April 1880 at Macleay River, New South Wales, died 5 December 1961 at Marrickville, New South Wales).

 

Died 1944 at Granville, New South Wales.

 

 

                        (2)  MARY ELIZABETH KATE LESLIE

 

                        Born 15 April 1876 at Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Married on 28 June 1913 at Strathfield, New South Wales WALTER CECIL BUBB (born 14 October 1877 at Burwood, New South Wales, died 20 June 1956 at Strathfield).

                                   

Died 28 April 1944 at Strathfield.

 

 

            (4)  RENIRA CATHERINE LESLIE

 

Born about 1830 at Flushing, Cornwall, baptised 6 December 1830 at Mylor, Cornwall.

 

Married in 1850 at Newton Abbot, Devon JOSEPH SPARKHALL RUNDLE (born 5 August 1815 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Captain Royal Navy, died 8 September 1880 at Highweek, Devon).

 

Died 21 November 1875 at Plymouth, Devon.

 

 

WALTER ALEXANDER LESLIE

 

            Born 19 September 1820 at Litchfield, Hampshire.

Surgeon Major, Madras Army, 35th Regiment of Foot.

 

Married on 19 March 1850 at Bombay, India ELIZABETH MORICE (born 24 March 1820 at London, baptised 30 April 1820 at St Dionis Backchurch, London, eldest daughter of David and Eliza Morice, and sister of ANNE ALLARDYCE MORICE (7 May 1827-14 December 1907);  died 6 July 1878 at Hampstead, Middlesex).

 

Died 5 May 1878 at Hampstead, Middlesex.

 

6 children:

 

(1)  KATE LESLIE

 

                        See below.

 

 

(2)  MORICE LESLIE

 

            Born 13 August 1852 at Honore, Madras, India.

            Assistant Engineer, Department of Public Works, Hyderabad, India.

 

LESLIE, Morice, M. I. C. E., late India Public Works Department.  Trained at Cooper’s Hill College;  appointed assistant engineer 1 October 1875 and posted to Hyderabad;  executive engineer May 1884;  transferred to Central Province February 1886;  assistant secretary to chief commissioner June-September 1887;  transferred to Coorg January 1883;  re-transferred to Central Province with independent executive charge, Saugor, February 1897;  retired November 1899.

 

Source:  Lawrence D. Colebrook (letter of 24 June 2014)

 

Married in 1892 at Buckingham, Buckinghamshire ETHEL ALEXANDRA FRANCES MACDONALD-RITCHIE (born 13 August 1865 at Bangalore, Madras, daughter of Arthur Declan Macdonald-Ritchie (1819-1878) and Mary Jane Hobbs;  died 7 August 1948 at West Molesey, Surrey).

 

Died 6 December 1931 at Kingston, Surrey.

 

Child:

 

WALTER ALEXANDER ANDREW LESLIE

 

Born 3 December 1893, baptised 1 January 1894 at Mercara, Madras, India.

            Lieutenant Royal Artillery, Lieutenant-Colonel Seaforth Highlanders.

 

                                    Lt. Walter Alexander Andrew Leslie, M.C., 2nd Bn., S. Gds.

During an attack he worked forward his platoon with the most conspicuous courage and skill, and secured an important position after severe fighting.  He was shot through the shoulder in the early days of the battle, but refused to retire, and carried on in command of his platoon until the battalion was relieved forty-eight hours later.  His magnificent example greatly encouraged all ranks with him.

(M.C. gazetted 14th January, 1916).

 

Source:  Supplement to the London Gazette 11 January 1919, p. 595.

 

Married in 1926 at Chelsea, London ROSA PHYLLIS LESLIE (from Ulster, Ireland, no relation, died 23 December 1986 at Nairn, Nairnshire).

           

Died September 1982 at Findhorn, Morayshire.

 

            Child:

 

MARJORIE LESLIE

 

           

            (3)  WALTER JEFFERSON LESLIE

 

Born 11 September 1855, baptised 21 October 1855 at Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex.

 

Married on 2 March 1879 in New Zealand MARYA ISABELLA CAMILLA ULKJAR (died 9 March 1940 in Wellington, New Zealand).

 

Died 8 July 1915 at Wellington.

 

Obituary

 

The tall figure of Mr. Walter Leslie – he was well over six feet in stature – will never more be seen walking the streets of Wellington or in Parliament chasing with flying pencil the words of the chosen of the people in order to record them in the Hansard book of fate.  After an illness extending over ten weeks he passed quietly away on Thursday last week in his 60th year, leaving a wife and an only daughter about 12 years old.  The malady to which he succumbed was tumour on the liver, which made its appearance and ran its course in the time referred to.

 

Mr. Walter Leslie sprang from an old Scottish family having its seat in one of the Border counties.  His father was a surgeon in the service of the Madras Army Medical Corps, and from both his parents he imbibed artistic tastes and a love for music which formed traits in his character.  He was born at Sunbury on the Thames, and completed his education at St. Andrew's University.  At the age of 18 he came out to Australia, where he had an uncle resident at Bathurst, in New South Wales.  The spirit of adventure led him to Dunedin about 1878, and, after a few ups and downs, he began his journalistic career by joining the North Otago Times staff at Oamaru.  In the early eighties he became chief reporter and sub-editor of the New Zealand Times in Wellington (then edited and run by Mr. Chantrey Harris), and afterwards he was editor of the Poverty Bay Herald.  He was induced to give up journalism in order to take a position in the Public Works Department as a draughtsman.  In 1888 he was appointed to a vacancy on the Hansard staff, and held that post up till the time of his death.

 

Mr. Leslie issued a volume of Parliamentary sketches some 20 years ago, which exhibited his skill in black and white.  Each cartoon was faced with a page of chirpy biography from the bright pen of Herbert Bridge, still living at Oriental Bay.  Water-colour paintings from Leslie’s brush have been contributed to various art societies’ exhibitions in New Zealand, and his talents as an art critic were known to the brothers of the brush.  He was ever a companionable man, and the Art Society and the Savage Club in Wellington have had his willing help.  He was as patriotic a Briton as ever crossed the seas.  After the outbreak of war he placed his clerical services gratuitously at the disposal of General Godley, and he was among the first to throw himself heart and soul into the National Reserve movement in Wellington, and laboured hard and enthusiastically as its general secretary.  Like Tom Bowling, “his friends were many and true-hearted”, and there is wide and general regret at his passing.

 

Two of the late Mr. Leslie's sisters – Mrs. Millet (widow of Major Millet, of the Indian Army) and Miss Leslie (of the China Inland Mission) live at Apiti, and he has a brother (Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie) in either India or Persia.  General Sir Leslie Rundle, commanding officer of the 5th British Army now in France or Belgium, is a first cousin of the subject of this brief sketch.

 

Source:  Free Lance (Wellington) Friday 16 July 1915, p. 4.

See also Evening Post (Wellington) Friday 9 July 1915, p. 2.

 

                        Residence in New Zealand

 

1880/81:  Perth Street, Bingsland, Christchurch (draughtsman)
1881:  Wharf Street, Oamaru (reporter)
1890:  Flagstaff Hill, Wellington (draughtsman)
1896:  Molesworth Street, Wellington;  Pahautanui (Hansard reporter)

1903:  2 Hawkestone Terrace, Wellington (reporter)
1905/06, 1908:  11 Hawkestone Street, Wellington (reporter)
1911:  56 Oriental Terrace, Wellington (Hansard reporter)
1914:  92 Hill Street, Wellington (Hansard reporter)

            Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1883-84:  Reed, Street, Oamaru (reporter)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

Publications

 

City of Wellington, by Thomas Ward, authorised surveyor; Walter Leslie, litho. draftsman.  Wellington, Brown, Thomson & Co., 1891.  1 map on 88 sheets + 1 index map.  Shows details of buildings, etc., as at 1891.

 

A magnificent motor tour.  With illustrations by Walter Leslie.  Timaru, Mount Cook Motor Co., 1913.  8 p.

 

Parliamentary portraits.  Wellington, Dutton, Brown & Thomson, 1887-1890.  3 v.  Caricatures of members of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, 10th Parliament 1887-1890, with single-page biographical notices by Herbert B. Bridge.

 

Portraits of parliament in pen and ink: being a series of character sketches of the members of the 14th Parliament of New Zealand.  Wellington, Alex. Ferguson, General Printers, 1900.  2 v.

 

            Source:  New Zealand National Union Catalogue

 

Child:

 

EILEEN BRACKENRIDGE LESLIE

 

            Born 27 January 1903 in New Zealand.

 

 

            (4)  ELIZABETH MARY LESLIE

 

Born 9 February 1857, baptised 5 April 1857 at Palamcottah, Madras, India.

Missionary in China.

Came to New Zealand about 1907.

 

Died 5 December 1940 at Apiti, Manawatu, New Zealand.  Unmarried.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1908, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1938:  Matfield Cottage, Apiti, Manawatu (spinster)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1916, 1920, 1923, 1930, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1940:  Apiti, Manawatu

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

           

            (5)  WILLIAM CLARENCE COLEBROOK LESLIE

 

                        Born 13 March 1861, baptised 26 April 1861 at Coonoor, Madras, India.

York and Lancaster Regiment.  Was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, fought between the Egyptian Army and British forces in September 1882.

 

W. C. C. Leslie was Private Secretary to Tukoji Rao Puar III, the Maharajah of Dewas Senior State (1888-1937).  He was predecessor in this position to the novelist Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970), who wrote about Lt. Col. Leslie in an extremely unfavourable light in his book The Hill of Devi: being letters from Dewas State Senior (London, E. Arnold, 1953), in the section entitled “The Quarrel”.

 

Source:  Clive J. Dewey, University of Leicester (letter 28 February 1984)

 

Married (1) on 3 November 1883 at Farnham, Surrey ANNIE ELIZABETH GRENVILLE GREY (born about 1856, daughter of Edward Grey);  (2)  in 1922 at Wokingham, Berkshire ETHEL CLAIRE HINDS (born 1883 at Cranbrook, Kent, died 4 November 1959 at Mayfield, East Sussex).

 

Died 16 December 1943 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

 

4 children (with Annie Grey):

 

(1)  DOROTHY MARY LESLIE

 

Born 27 September 1884 at Simla, baptised 8 November 1884 at Meerut, Bengal, India.

 

Died 7 August 1885 at Ranchi, Bengal.

 

 

                        (2)  MARJORY ELIZABETH LESLIE

 

Born 12 October 1886, baptised 2 February 1887 at Fatehgarh, Bengal, India.

 

 

(3)  WILLIAM ROBERT NORMAN LESLIE

 

Born 12 April 1889, baptised 15 August 1889 at Simla, West Bengal, India.

            Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment.

 

Died 25 January 1915 at La Bassée, Nord, France (killed trying to take a German machine gun single-handed).

Buried at Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 


                        (4)  MURIEL GRACE EVERLEEN LESLIE

 

Born 12 April 1889, baptised 15 August 1889 at Simla, West Bangal, India.

                                   

Died 1976 at Canterbury, Kent.

 

 

(6)  HENRY DANFORD FITZGERALD LESLIE  (known as Harry)

 

            Born 26 August 1864, baptised 15 October 1864 at Brenchley, Kent.

 

Married on 1 November 1889 at South Yarra, Victoria, Australia MARY LOWE (born 1865 at Prahran, Victoria, Australia).

           

Died 2 April 1931 at Bucklow, Cheshire.

 

 

KATE LESLIE

 

            Born 30 January 1851, baptised 23 March 1851 at Honore, Madras, India.

 

Married on 20 February 1878 at St Stephen’s, Hampstead, London TOWERS TREVORIAN MILLETT (son of Richard Millett (1807-1865) and Anne Nicholls Harris (1821-1871)  (see below).

 

Emigrated to New Zealand on 7 November 1901 in the ship Papanui, arriving in Wellington on 31 December 1901, accompanying her future daughter-in-law Isabella Robertson Fletcher who married her younger son George Nicholls Millett (see below).

 

Died 27 December 1921 at Te Aruhe, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Buried 29 December 1921 at Havelock, Marlborough.

 

            Residence in 1891, 1897, 1901

           

On Census night 5 April 1891 Kate, her two sons, and her sister-in-law Sarah Matilda Millett were living with two servants and a border at 27 Beaconsfield Villas, Steyning, Sussex.

 

Source:  FreeCEN 1891

 

In 1897 Kate and her two boys are in Glasgow.

 

Source:  Letter dated 15 November 1897 from Anne Nicholls Louisa Edwards née Millett to her uncle William Nicholls Harris.

 

On Census night 31 March 1901 Kate Millett, Isabella R. Fletcher and a boarder were living at 21 Partickhill Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

 

Source:  Scottish Census (via Ancestry)

 

Voyage to New Zealand

 

Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960

 

Name                                       Mrs K Millett

Date of departure                    7 November 1901

Port of departure                    London

Destination port                      Wellington

Destination country                New Zealand

Age                                         50

Marital status                         Married

Sex                                          Female

Occupation                             Housewife

 

Ship                                         Papanui

Master’s name                                    F Forbes

Steamship Line                       The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited

Where bound                          New Zealand

Square feet                              2344

Registered tonnage                 4242

Passengers on voyage             169

 

Source:  http://www.FindMyPast.com

 

Papanui, from London

 

The New Zealand Shipping Company’s steamer Papanui arrived this afternoon from London via Capetown and Hobart.  She brought the following passengers for Wellington :--First saloon--Rev Dewing, Messrs Mallalleu, Spencer.  Second saloon--Misses Elder (3), Hoddinot, Fletcher, Martin, Mesdames Elder, Jacob, Millett, Revs Murray, Jacob, Messrs Dowson, Duxburg, Nicholas, Masters, Elder (3), and 31 third-class.  She has also 114 for all other ports.  Three thousand six hundred tons of cargo will be discharged at this port.

 

Source:  Evening Post vol. 62 issue 156, 31 December 1901, p. 6

(via http://PapersPast.natlib.govt.nz).

 

The Papanui

           

Built in 1898 by Wm Deny & Bros, Dumbarton, Scotland for the New Zealand Shipping Company, the Papanui was a 6,372 gross ton ship, length 430 ft x beam 54.1 ft (131.06 m x 16.49 m), one funnel, two masts (square rigged for sail on the foremast), single screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was accommodation for 34 1st, 45 2nd and 400 emigrant class passengers. She carried a crew of 108. She was sold off in December 1909 after striking an uncharted rock off the coast of Tasmania, Australia.

 

Arrival in New Zealand

 

Mrs. Millet, sister of Mr. Walter Leslie, arrived at Wellington from London last week by the Papanui, and will make New Zealand her home.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 6 January 1902, p. 6.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

            1911:  92 Hill Street, Thorndon, Wellington (widow)

1914, 1919:  Apiti, Manawatu (widow)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1916, 1920:  Apiti, Manawatu

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

 

TOWERS TREVORIAN MILLETT

 

Born 28 December 1852 at Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall, baptised 24 March 1853 at Parade Street, Penzance.

Police Superintendent.

 

Died 5 August 1882 at Rajahmundry, Madras, India (of typhoid fever).

Buried 6 August 1882 at Cocanada, Madras.

 

Life

 

Sailed for India 1 March 1871;  of Madras Police Corps 1871;  Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Godavery, Madras to 1876;  Acting Superintendent August 1878;  Town Commissioner under Towns Improvement Act for Negapatam 17 May 1876.  A contributor to Land and Water.

 

Source:   Boase, George Clement.  Collectanea Cornubiensia:  a collection of biographical and topographical notes relating to the County of Cornwall.  Truro, Netherton and Worth, 1890, col. 579.

 

Towers Trevorian Millett and Kate Leslie were married on 20 February 1878 at St Stephen’s Church, Hamstead, London, England by Rev Henry Wright, assisted by Rev F. Morice, first cousin of the bride.

 

Source:  Wedding Bible of Towers Trevorian Millett and Kate Leslie.

 

Tiger shooting

 

The following interesting account is taken from the diary of Mr. Millett, assistant superintendent of police in Vizagapatam : --

 

28th,– Went out looking for tracks of tiger;  visited some of the hill villages, and promised the “Hill Dhoras” 100 rupees if they could show me a tiger.  They professed their readiness, but were evidently not in earnest.  Went through the jungles all day and found any amount of tracks of tiger quite recent.

 

On returning home found “khubber” [news] that a large tiger had killed a fine buffalo about four miles off.  Started with come constables, but did not reach the place until after dark.  Found the bullock in a water-course in dense jungle.  Some one said he heard a growl, and there was a stampede, and I was left alone, so I had to back out again.  The tiger had eaten a large quantity, so I knew he would not return that night.  Next day the Hill Dhoras came down as they saw I meant work, and, having made a screen of bushes, I and three of their best men sat there all day, hoping the tiger would come about sunset, but he did not. ...

 

I have made inquiries about the tigers here, and find that in 1869 ten persons were killed by tigers, in 1870 six, in 1871 eleven, in 1872 twenty-nine, up to date, 1873, fifteen, making a total of 71 persons in five years.  I am afraid this does not accurately represent the loss of life, as many persons have been missed and nothing further heard of them, and in out-of-the-way villages far away into the hills, I doubt if people trouble themselves to report such things.  The mischief done to cattle cannot be exactly estimated.  From information I can gather in Pachipenta I calculate that not less than 500 head of cattle are destroyed annually, and this is a very moderate estimate.  In the course of my scramble among the hills I came upon no less than three villages deserted, and I am informed that more than ten villages have been deserted through the inhabitants being carried away by tigers.  I came upon beautiful meadows bearing splendid grass and old fields lying uncultivated.  Asking the question why these were not brought under cultivation the hillmen said “Pedda Pulli bhaiyam chata”, and this is the invariable reply.  From the amount of tracks I am convinced that there are many tigers about here, but probably one does the man-eating business.  Everyone here, and many persons have seen him, describes him to be an enormous tiger with a mane like a Pegue pony, and this I can vouch for as a fact, having, as will be seen hereafter, formed a close acquaintance with him.

 

On 31st the Hill Dhoras came in during the night, and we started at dawn and tramped six or seven miles over the hills until we came to the thickest part of the jungle where they said we should find a tiger.  It is, I believe, a fact that a tiger, unlike most wild animals, never breaks cover through dense jungle, but through some small path or drive;  such at least is the opinion of the hillmen, and in consequence I was posted in a glade behind a bush while they went round to beat the jungle.  Before long I heard two shots, the signal agreed upon if a tiger was found, and we were expecting the tiger to appear every minute, when a beater came running up to say the tiger had got into a thick bamboo jungle, and would not come out.  Inspector Soobiah got left behind, he coming over the hills, and I did not like trusting constables with any spare guns, so I picked out two hillmen, and gave them to their charge.

 

Forming the beaters into line with the matchlocks at regular intervals, and tom-toms making a most devilish row, we drove the tiger down one hill and half-way up another, using the axe the whole way, the bamboo being so dense.  At last, just as I was beginning to think it all up, a beater saw the tiger lying on a stone under a clump of bamboos.  There was an immediate stampede, and I thought the tiger would be among us every minute.  However, three men volunteered to come with me, so we crept up the hill until we got above it, and after some time I sighted the brute between the bamboos and shot him through the shoulder;   as he rose I gave him a second, which killed him on the spot.  As it rolled over the stone, the matchlock men fired a volley, which did great damage to the bamboos and rocks, and one shot hit the dead tiger in the paw.  I measured it and found it to be 9 ft. 7 in. in length, a splendid full-grown tigress, and very proud I felt over my first tiger.  As we returned home, all the villagers rose, and I suppose a thousand people accompanied us to Pachipenta.  The din and dust and glare were overpowering, and I was glad to get into my camp.  Arrived, I found information that a huge tiger had killed two bullocks close to the spot from which we had just returned.  I started off again, but got benighted, and had to return.  On Saturday, November 1st, went to the place and found the two bullocks, one untouched and the other partly eaten.  We beat the jungle all day, and about 4 p.m. I resolved to beat back towards the bullocks.  I was placed in front of some bushes in the path across which it was expected the tiger would break, having with me one Gungen Dhora and Head constable Mahomed Alli.  We had not been seated long before we heard a tremendous crushing of bones and tearing of flesh, the fact being that we had sat down in front of the bush behind which the dead bullock was, and the tiger was eating his dinner.  As the beaters drew near, the brute began to growl, so I thought this rather too dangerous, being unable to see anything in the dense thicket in which he was.  I sent to stop the beaters and bring them round to beat the tiger out, and after some time we went up in line to the bullock, when we found it dragged away a little distance.  I took up a position a little further down the path and sat down with Inspector Soobiah and Gungen Dhora.  After some time the brute walked across the path about 50 paces in front of me.  As he caught sight of us he stopped, and I gave him a bullet through the shoulder.  He dropped and lay kicking about for some time rolling, and recovering I fired again at his head, but the beaters say they heard this bullet go over their heads, so I suppose I must have missed;  at all events, before I could fire again he rolled into the jungle.  By the time I mustered the beaters it was sunset, and I considered it too dangerous to follow him, although I did follow him a little distance, and found a large quantity of blood where he had rolled into the jungle, and blood all about the place.  He was evidently hard hit, and will in all probability die, but I doubt ever recovering his skin in this dense jungle.  This tiger was an enormous animal with a distinct mane, such a huge brute I never saw;  and I must say, I did not like it at all, as, had my shot missed (and a smooth bore is not the most accurate of weapons, to say nothing of a bad light), I should have, in all probability, been killed, for there was no wind to blow the smoke away, and I could not have seen him charging.

 

I have promised the Dhoras the hundred rupees for the first tiger, and another hundred if they find this one.  They all say the brute must die, and the rejoicing in Saloor, Pachipenta, and the hill villages is very great.  I am very sorry the brute did not die then and there, as his skin would have been a trophy worth having.  Had I better weapons I think I could render a good account of the tigers here. ...

 

On the 17th ultimo, His Excellency Lord Hobart passed the following order :-- “The Governor in Council has much pleasure in sanctioning payment of a special reward of 500 rupees to Mr. Millett in addition to the ordinary rewards which he has promised to the villagers, and congratulates him on his success.  It is understood that the second tiger was subsequently found dead.”

 

Source:  The Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales) Saturday 14 February 1874, p. 7 (in British Newspapers 1700-1900 (Gale))

 

Notes:

 

The above extract is from the diary of Towers Trevorian Millett, 6th child of Richard Millett (1807-1865) and Anne Nicholls Harris (1821-1871).  Towers Trevorian Millett was born at Parade Street, Penzance on 28 December 1852 and was baptised privately at home on 24 March 1853.  He was educated at Penzance under J. A. Thorne, and at St Austle under Dr Drake.  He emigrated to India on 1 March 1871, where he joined the Madras Police Corps, holding the positions of Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police, Godavery, Madras to 1876, and Acting Superintendent of Police from August 1878.    On 17 May 1876 he was also appointed Town Commissioner for Negapatam, Madras.  He married Kate Leslie (1849-1921), elder daughter of Walter Alexander Leslie (Surgeon-Major, Madras Army) and Elizabeth Morice, on 20 February 1878 at St Stephen’s, Hampstead, London;  they had two children, Martin Leslie Millett (1878-1951) and George Nicholls Millett (1880-1962).  Towers Trevorian Millett died on 5 August 1882, aged 29, at Rajahmundry, Madras, and was buried there the following day.  His widow and two children returned to England following his death.

 

The tiger shooting described above took place in October-November 1873, when Towers Trevorian Millett was aged just 21.

 

Vizagapatam was a town and district in the Madras Presidency of southern British India, in what is now the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, India.

 

Police service in Central India