Married MARGARET RENNIE.
Dundee, Angus, Scotland.
Newbigging near Dundee.
Married MARGARET WEMYSS, daughter
Wemyss of Dundee.
25 October 1754 at Tealing, Angus.
in the Trained Bands (county militia).
at Linlithgow, West Lothian.
Married DAVIDA ANDERSON, daughter of Robert
Anderson and Grace Loudon. No
(4) JOHN LESLIE
Born about 1758 at Dundee,
Married on 22 April 1777 at St
Mary’s, Watford, Hertfordshire ANNE
MOULE (born about 1762 at Dundee).
Born 28 July
1777, baptised 3 August
1777 at Great Stanmore, Middlesex.
Royal Navy. Possibly served in HMS Pegasus.
October 1866 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.
to MARGARET McDONALD.
1807 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.
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
Died 6 December 1784 at Newton
ANDERSON LESLIE (daughter)
Born 22 March 1807, baptised 5
April 1807 at Scots Church, Woolwich, Kent.
Also known as Davida Anderson
Died 12 November 1861 at Cowley
Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.
(3) MARGARET LESLIE
Born 15 January
1784, baptised 4
February 1784 at Dundee.
Died in childhood
(before July 1787) in Dundee.
21 July 1785, baptised 28 July 1785 at Dundee.
1 July 1787, baptised 10 July 1787 at Dundee.
Married ANNE McBEAN.
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
In May 1808 the British sent a fleet
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.
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
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
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
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.
31 March 1819 at Elgin, Morayshire.
(7) DAVID ANDERSON LESLIE
1 February 1789, baptised 13 February 1789 at Dundee.
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
WALTER WEMYSS LESLIE
Born 15 December 1791, baptised 2
January 1792 at Dundee, Angus.
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,
(1) MATHEW HENRY LESLIE
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.
Born 14 June 1877 at Sandhurst,
Died 1954 at Sydney, New South
Born 15 June 1880 at St George,
New South Wales, Australia.
Died 18 June 1880 at St George.
(2) WALTER ALEXANDER LESLIE
(3) GEORGE LESLIE
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).
November 1906 at Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia.
WALTER DANFORD LESLIE
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
ELIZABETH KATE LESLIE
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.
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
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
Died 5 May 1878 at Hampstead, Middlesex.
13 August 1852 at Honore, Madras, India.
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
June-September 1887; transferred to
Coorg January 1883; re-transferred to
Central Province with independent executive charge, Saugor, February 1897; retired
Source: Lawrence D. Colebrook (letter of 24 June
Married in 1892 at Buckingham,
Buckinghamshire ETHEL ALEXANDRA FRANCES
MACDONALD-RITCHIE (born 13 August 1865 at Bangalore, Madras, daughter of Arthur
(1819-1878) and Mary Jane Hobbs; died
7 August 1948 at West Molesey, Surrey).
Died 6 December 1931 at Kingston,
WALTER ALEXANDER ANDREW LESLIE
Born 3 December 1893, baptised 1
January 1894 at Mercara, Madras, India.
Royal Artillery, Lieutenant-Colonel Seaforth Highlanders.
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).
1982 at Findhorn, Morayshire.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Wharf Street, Oamaru (reporter)
Flagstaff Hill, Wellington (draughtsman)
Molesworth Street, Wellington; Pahautanui (Hansard reporter)
Terrace, Wellington (reporter)
1908: 11 Hawkestone Street, Wellington (reporter)
1911: 56 Oriental Terrace, Wellington
92 Hill Street, Wellington (Hansard reporter)
New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
Street, Oamaru (reporter)
New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.
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.
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
Source: New Zealand
National Union Catalogue
EILEEN BRACKENRIDGE LESLIE
27 January 1903 in New Zealand.
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
Source: New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
1916, 1920, 1923,
1930, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1940: Apiti, Manawatu
Source: New Zealand City and Area Directories,
CLARENCE COLEBROOK LESLIE
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
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):
Born 27 September 1884 at Simla,
baptised 8 November 1884 at Meerut, Bengal, India.
Died 7 August 1885 at Ranchi,
Born 12 October 1886, baptised 2
February 1887 at Fatehgarh, Bengal, India.
ROBERT NORMAN LESLIE
Born 12 April 1889, baptised 15
August 1889 at Simla, West Bengal, India.
in the Gloucestershire Regiment.
Died 25 January 1915 at La
Bassée, Nord, France (killed trying to take a German machine gun
Buried at Brown’s Road Military
Cemetery, Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, France.
GRACE EVERLEEN LESLIE
Born 12 April 1889, baptised 15
August 1889 at Simla, West Bangal, India.
Died 1976 at
(6) HENRY DANFORD FITZGERALD LESLIE (known as Harry)
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.
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
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
Died 27 December 1921 at Te
Aruhe, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Buried 29 December 1921 at
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,
Source: Scottish Census (via Ancestry)
Voyage to New Zealand
Passenger lists leaving
Mrs K Millett
Date of departure
7 November 1901
Port of departure
Destination port Wellington
Marital status Married
The New Zealand Shipping Company
Where bound New
Passengers on voyage 169
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.
Evening Post vol. 62 issue
156, 31 December 1901, p. 6
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.
in New Zealand
Mrs. Millet, sister of Mr. Walter Leslie,
Wellington from London last week by the Papanui,
and will make New Zealand her home.
Zealand Herald 6 January 1902, p. 6.
in New Zealand
1911: 92 Hill Street, Thorndon, Wellington (widow)
Apiti, Manawatu (widow)
Source: New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
Source: New Zealand City and Area Directories,
Born 28 December 1852 at Parade
Street, Penzance, Cornwall, baptised 24 March 1853 at Parade Street, Penzance.
Died 5 August 1882 at
Rajahmundry, Madras, India (of typhoid fever).
Buried 6 August 1882 at Cocanada,
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.
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.
Wedding Bible of Towers Trevorian Millett and Kate Leslie.
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
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
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.”
The Western Mail (Cardiff,
Wales) Saturday 14 February 1874, p. 7 (in British Newspapers 1700-1900
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
Police service in Central
The Rumpa disturbances, or rebellion,
as some Madras papers persist in
calling them, still drag along slowly without any perceptible change for the
better. The Government has sanctioned
the enlistment of a hundred extra constables for service in the disturbed
districts, and two companies of the 17th Madras Native Infantry are being
quartered at Nursapalam, but there is little prospect of any effectual steps
being taken in so unhealthy a country until after the rains. Meanwhile Mr. Millett,
is said to be shut up in Adootagala. A
Madras paper states that some merchants carrying supplies for the police were
captured by rioters, who, after taking from them all they had, turned them
adrift unhurt, giving them, moreover, each a rupee.
The Times 14 July 1879 p. 7
Mr. Millett, acting Superintendent
of Police, and
Inspector Abdool Aziz, lay in wait in a hollow, while the rioters surrounded
them; they seem to have had no chance of
escape, but a happy thought having struck one of them, a little note was written
and rolled in a cigar and conveyed to headquarters without suspicion. Help arrived.
The rioters were surrounded and dispersed immediately.
Sheffield & Rotherham Independent (Sheffield) Thursday 28
August 1879, p. 6.
T. T. Millett, Assistant Superintendent
of Police, died on the 5th of
August. ... The loss of such a promising young officer as Mr. Millett is much
to be deplored. He had done good work
during the Rumpa disturbances. While
travelling with the Superintendent, he fell ill of fever and was sent back in
his boat from Euore to his house at Nursapoor where his family resided, but as
he became worse he was brought to Rajahmundry and was under treatment for a
week before he succumbed to typhoid fever.
Mr. Millett had previously on several occasions suffered much from
attacks of fever both in Vizagapatam and this District.
Administration Report of the
Madras Police for 1882. Madras,
Government Press, 1883, p. 21.
(1) MARTIN LESLIE
Born 3 December 1878 at Rajahmundry,
baptised 20 August 1879 at Free Church, Madras.
Died 29 August 1951 at Te Kopuru near Dargaville.
Buried 30 August 1951 at Mount
Wesley Soldiers’ Cemetery, Dargaville, New Zealand (grave 54).
Residence in 1891, 1897
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,
wife and two boys are in Glasgow.
dated 15 November 1897 from Anne Nicholls Louisa Edwards née Millett to her
uncle William Nicholls Harris.
Martin Leslie Millett sailed from
Glasgow for Sydney on the Loch Sloy,
departing 7 December 1897. There were
just 6 passengers on the voyage.
The Loch Sloy was built in 1887 for Aitken
Lilburn & Co, known
locally as the “Glasgow Loch Line”. She
was a three-masted iron sailing vessel of 1280 tons. She was subsequently wrecked
on 24 April 1899
in Maupertius Bay on Kangaroo Island (off Adelaide, South Australia) on a
voyage from Glasgow to Adelaide and Melbourne -- 31 died, with only 3
Passenger lists leaving UK
Aitken Lilburn & Co
Came on to New
Zealand in 1898 ?
Appointment to Territorials
to permanent staff
To be Sergeant
Instuctor, Wellington: M. L. Millett.
Evening Post (Wellington) 16
March 1911, p. 8.
The following new officers and
N.C.O.s of the New Zealand Staff Corps and Permanent Staff have lately passed
out from the camp of instruction at Featherstone. ... Non-Commissioned Officers: ... Millett ...
Evening Post (Wellington) 21
March 1911, p. 2.
Military District Area No. 20, consisting of the county of the Hutt, except
that part to the west of the western watershed of the Hutt River, is in charge
of Area-Sergeant-Major M. L. Millett, with headquarters at the Drill Hall,
Source: The Dominion 28 March 1911,
Off to war
On 21 August 1916 Sergeant Major
Martin Leslie Millett embarked from Wellington with the 16th Reinforcements,
Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, on
HMNZT 62 Mokoia (3,502 gross tonnage,
owned by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, Master Brown), bound for
Plymouth, England via Cape of Good Hope.
Arrived 24 October 1916.
Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/cenotaph/locations.aspx)
returned to New Zealand on the HMNZT Tofua
on 21 December 1918.
1924 he received the British War Medal, marking his war service overseas.
model of a French warship dated January 27, 1812, made by French naval
prisoners in England during the Napoleonic Wars, was presented to the Auckland
Institute and Museum by Mr. M. L. Millett.
Mr. Millett also presented a number of pieces of Chinese and other
Source: New Zealand Herald 25 August
1941, p. 6.
in New Zealand
1908: Apiti, Manawatu (labourer)
1919: Apiti, Manawatu (poultry farmer)
1922: Te Aruhe, Pokokini, Marlborough (sheep
1925: Tatarariki, Te Kopuru, Northland (farmer)
1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1949: Te
Kopuru, Northland (farmhand, farmer)
Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
1902: Te Horo, Horowhenua (shepherd)
1904: Apiti, Manawatu (farmer)
1910: Martinborough (farmer)
1913: 26 Herald Street, Berhampore, Wellington
(sergeant-major, Defence Department)
1923: Homewood, Marlborough (sheep farmer)
Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.
(2) GEORGE NICHOLLS
Born 29 August 1880 at
Rajahmundry, Madras, India, baptised 7 June 1881 at Madron, Cornwall.
Married on 10 July 1902 at the
Presbyterian Church, Feilding,
Manawatu ISABELLA ROBERTSON FLETCHER,
born 11 January 1881 at Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, baptised 3 March 1881 at
Leith, eldest daughter of John Gordon
Fletcher (born 1 July 1853)
and Margaret Robertson (born 21
January 1855); died 3 December
1965 at Remuera, Auckland and cremated 7 December 1965 at Purewa Cemetery,
Died 5 February 1962 at Devonport,
Auckland and cremated 7 February 1962 at Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland.
The Millett – Fletcher Connection.
Millett of Bosavern and Marazion: Biographical
Updated 29 July 2016