of Dundee, Angus, Scotland.
at Newbigging near Dundee.
MARGARET WEMYSS, daughter of Arthur
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
about 1758 at Dundee, Angus.
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.
Surgeon in Royal Navy. Possibly served in HMS Pegasus.
31 October 1866 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.
Born 1778 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.
Married to MARGARET McDONALD (born 1787, died 18
October 1809 in London).
13 July 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).
Died 6 December
1784 at Newton Abbot.
ANDERSON LESLIE (daughter)
Born 22 March
1807, baptised 5 April 1807 at Scots Church, Woolwich, Kent.
Also known as
Davida Anderson Leslie.
November 1861 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.
Born 15 January 1784, baptised 4
February 1784 at Dundee.
in childhood (before July 1787) in Dundee.
Born 21 July 1785, baptised
1785 at Dundee.
1 July 1787, baptised 10 July 1787 at Dundee.
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
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
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
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
Source: Anglo-Russian War (1807-12)
: Naval conflict in the Baltic.
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)
31 March 1819 at Elgin, Morayshire.
15 November 1895 at Devon Square, Newton Abbot, Devon.
1 February 1789, baptised 13 February 1789 at Dundee.
in the 50th Regiment of Foot.
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.
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,
1863 at Highweek, Devon.
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
Died 2 March 1897
at Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia.
Born 14 June
1877 at Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia.
Died 1954 at
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Born 15 June 1880
at St George, New South Wales, Australia.
Died 17 June
1880 at St George.
Born 17 November
1828 at Flushing, Cornwall, baptised 27 December 1828 at Mylor, Cornwall.
Married (1) on
28 February 1856 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia SARAH WILLIAMS (born about
1833 at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire).
Married (2) on 8
February 1875 in Victoria MARY MAITHER
PARK KING (born 11 November 1843 at Minto, Roxburghshire, died 1 June 1918
at Strathfield, New South Wales).
7 November 1906 at Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia.
(1) FREDERICK HERBERT KING
7 April 1870 at Mount Gambia, South Australia,
baptised 3 October 1875 at Botany, New South Wales, Australia.
in 1895 at Mudgee, New South Wales CAROLINE RICHARDS (born 29 July 1868 at
Mudgee, died 26 February 1963 at Ashfield, New South Wales).
3 November 1948 at Croydon, New South Wales.
GEORGE WALTER DANFORD LESLIE
Born 17 August 1875
at Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia, baptised 3 October 1875 at Botany, New
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.
ELIZABETH KATE LESLIE
Born 1877 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).
28 April 1944 at Burwood.
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.
19 September 1820 at Litchfield, Hampshire.
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.
Born 13 August 1852 at Honore,
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
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.
WALTER ALEXANDER ANDREW LESLIE
Born 3 December
1893, baptised 1 January 1894 at Mercara, Madras, India.
Lieutenant 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,
September 1982 at Findhorn, Morayshire.
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
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
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
Free Lance (Wellington) Friday
16 July 1915, p. 4.
See also Evening Post (Wellington) Friday 9 July
1915, p. 2.
Residence in New Zealand
Perth Street, Bingsland, Christchurch (draughtsman)
Wharf Street, Oamaru (reporter)
Flagstaff Hill, Wellington (draughtsman)
Molesworth Street, Wellington; Pahautanui (Hansard reporter)
2 Hawkestone 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.
1883-84: Reed, Street, Oamaru (reporter)
Source: New Zealand
City and Area
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.
motor tour. With illustrations by Walter Leslie. Timaru, Mount
Cook Motor Co., 1913. 8 p.
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.
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
EILEEN BRACKENRIDGE LESLIE
Born 27 January 1903 in New Zealand.
Born 9 February
1857, baptised 5 April 1857 at Palamcottah, Madras, India.
Came to New
Zealand about 1907.
Died 5 December
1940 at Apiti, Manawatu, New Zealand.
PARTY : EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED
There was a very happy
at a luncheon party yesterday at Hotel Manor. It was the occasion of the
eightieth birthday of Miss Leslie of Apiti, Fielding, who is enjoying a tour of
the North Island with her brother, Lieut. Colonel Leslie, who recently arrived
from England on a brief visit. Four generations of the family were
represented in Miss Leslie, Mr Geo. H. Millett, Mr Charles T.
F. Millett and little Gay Millett, while others present included Mrs I. R.
Millett (St. Heliers), Mrs C. Millett, and Mr E. Millett (St.
Heliers), and Miss Purnell of Apiti. At the conclusion of the luncheon
Lieut. Colonel Leslie entertained the guests with reminiscences of his early
experiences in India and other parts of the world.
Until a few years ago
Miss Leslie was
with the Church Missionary Society in China and since returning to New Zealand
has been helping with Church work near her home. She will remain in Tauranga
while her brother spends a few days in Auckland as the guest of Mrs Millett of
Source: Bay of Plenty Times Wednesday 10 February 1937, p. 2
Colebrook Leslie (1861-1943)
George Nicholls Millett
Charles Trevorian Fletcher
Margaret Elisabeth Millett
Margaret Ellen Millett née Brookes (1903-1999)
Edward Tracey Fletcher Millett (1906-1989)
Rosa Purnell (1888-1976) (Elizabeth Leslie's Companion)
Residence in New Zealand
1908, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1928,
1931, 1935, 1938: Matfield Cottage,
Apiti, Manawatu (spinster)
New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
1916, 1920, 1923, 1930, 1933, 1936,
1938, 1940: Apiti, Manawatu
New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.
CLARENCE COLEBROOK LESLIE
13 March 1861, baptised 26 April 1861 at Coonoor, Madras, India.
Lancaster Regiment. Was present at the
battle of Tel-el-Kebir, fought between the Egyptian Army and British forces in September
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):
September 1884 at Simla, baptised 8 November 1884 at Meerut, Bengal, India.
Died 7 August 1885
at Ranchi, Bengal.
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.
Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire
Died 25 January
1915 at La Bassée, Nord, France (killed trying to take a German machine gun
Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, France.
Norman Leslie was born at Benares, India on the 12th of April 1889, the only
son of Lieutenant Colonel William Clarence Colebrook Leslie OKS, Royal Irish
Regiment and Indian Staff Corps, and Annie Elizabeth (nee Greenville-Grey) of
"Rabbit's Nest", Heigh Hurstwood, Buxted in Sussex. He was
christened on the 15th of August 1889.
He was educated at the Junior King’s School from January 1898 and at the
King’s School Canterbury from February 1903 to August 1906 where he played in
the Rugby XV in 1904 and 1905. In September 1906 he went on to G.W.
Watson's School in London until 1908.
On the 27th of March 1908 he applied for entry to the Royal Military
College Sandhurst and gained a place later that year. He was commissioned
as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment on the 9th of March 1910
and joined them at their base in Malta. He was promoted to Lieutenant on
the 10th of January 1912 and on the 18th of June 1913 he resigned his
commission and left the army, joining the Asiatic Petroleum Company in
Singapore, arriving there later that month. He was a member of the
Singapore Cricket Club.
On the outbreak of war he rejoined his old regiment and was appointed as
a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Gloucester Regiment on the 3rd
of October 1914. He was promoted to Lieutenant the same day. He
served in Portsmouth and Malta, before being posted to France in December 1914
where he was attached to the 1st Battalion of his regiment.
He embarked for France on the 3rd of January 1915 and on the 12th the 1st
Battalion Gloucester Regiment relieved the Cameron Highlanders in the trenches
at Givenchy. Conditions in the trenches were appalling, with a fall of
snow being followed by a sudden thaw which caused the parapets to
collapse. On the 24th of January the German guns were particularly active
but caused no casualties and little damage. Early on the morning of the
25th a German deserter gave himself up and warned of an impending large scale
attack against the British and the neighbouring French. At 7.30am a rifle
grenade was fired from the German line which was the signal for the attack to
begin and large numbers of enemy troops surged forward. They were brought
to a halt 50 yards from the Gloucesters first line by sustained rifle
fire. Those that did not retire were all killed. Word came at 07.40
that the Germans had broken through on the left of the Gloucesters and
reinforcements were sent to remove them from Givenchy. In conjunction
with some men from the Black Watch, who were in reserve, the Germans were all
killed or taken prisoner at the point of the bayonet. At this point C
Company was ordered to move to a position at Pont Fixe, and while they were
moving forward they came under shell fire which killed William Leslie and four
of his men. By nightfall the attack had been driven off and the line was
His parents received the following telegram dated the 28th of January
"Deeply regret to inform you that 2nd Lieut. W.R.N. Leslie 1st
Gloucester Regt. was killed on 25 January. Lord Kitchener expresses his
He is commemorated on the Singapore Centotaph and on the war memorial at
Singapore Cricket Club.
Source: The King's School, Canterbury, Roll of Honour.
GRACE EVERLEEN LESLIE
Born 12 April
1889, baptised 15 August 1889 at Simla, West Bangal, India.
1976 at Canterbury, Kent.
DANFORD FITZGERALD LESLIE (known as
Born 26 August 1864, baptised
October 1864 at Brenchley, Kent.
Married on 1
November 1889 at South Yarra, Victoria, Australia MARY LOWE (born 1865 at Prahran,
2 April 1931 at Bucklow, Cheshire.
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
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).
1921 at Te Aruhe, Marlborough, New Zealand.
December 1921 at Havelock, Marlborough.
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.
In 1897 Kate and her two boys are in
Source: Letter dated 15 November
1897 from Anne Nicholls Louisa Edwards née Millett to her uncle William
On Census night 31 March 1901 Kate
Millett, Isabella R. Fletcher and a boarder were living at 21 Partickhill Road,
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Scottish Census (via Ancestry)
Voyage to New Zealand
Passenger lists leaving UK
Mrs K Millett
Date of departure
7 November 1901
Port of departure
Destination country New Zealand
Line The New Zealand Shipping Company
Passengers on voyage
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
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.
New Zealand Herald 6 January
1902, p. 6.
in New Zealand
1911: 92 Hill Street, Thorndon, Wellington (widow)
1914, 1919: Apiti, Manawatu (widow)
New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
1916, 1920: Apiti, Manawatu
New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.
Born 28 December
1852 at Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall, baptised 24 March 1853 at Parade Street,
Died 5 August
1882 at Rajahmundry, Madras, India (of typhoid fever).
Buried 6 August
1882 at Cocanada, Madras.
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.
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
Source: 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
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
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
subsequently found dead.”
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales) Saturday 14 February 1874, p. 7 (in
British Newspapers 1700-1900 (Gale))
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),
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
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, police
superintendent, is said to be shut up in Adootagala. A Madras paper states that
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
Source: The Times 14 July 1879
p. 7 col. 1.
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
& 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
Report of the Madras Police for 1882.
Madras, Government Press, 1883, p. 21.
Death of Mr. T. T. Millett, of Penzance
All who knew him or who know
relatives will much regret to hear of the death of Mr. T. T. Millett, of
Penzance, youngest brother of Mr. George Bown Millett, and a gentleman of solid
attainments and shrewd observation as well as of great coolness and
bravery. Mr. Millett, who was in the Madras police force, had been
subjected to attack after attack of fever, which he no sooner got over than he
was again at the post of duty – cheered by that thought, and the prospect of a
prolonged holiday. A severer stroke than ever completely prostrated
him. Removed to his home he has to be conveyed by water (a journey of 24
hours) for medical aid, and in spite of high medical skill, his wife’s devoted
nursing, and the great kindness of English friends, he died.
Mr. T. T. Millett was
the 28th December, 1852, at the house in Parade-street, now Messrs.
Rodd and Cornish’s offices, and was educated by Mr. Thorne and Dr. Drake, then
of St. Austell. He left Penzance 14th February, 1871, sailed
for India 1st March, and, soon after his arrival in our great
dependency, entered the Madras police, in which, after various examinations, he
was rapidly promoted, and at the time of his death, was next on the list for a
After six years of harassing
work in a trying climate, Mr. Millett came home in the summer of 1877.
His friends were delighted not only with the progress he had made, but with the
kind way in which, by pen and in lecture, he told us of what he had seen in
member of the force during the Rumpa rising, and narrowly lost his life at
Adeetagala, where he was shut in by the natives and burnt out of the
police-station. He found shelter in the ruins, and the following account
of his peril, coolness, and escape appeared in The Globe of the
27th February, 1878, headed
acting-superintendent of police, and inspector Abdool Aziz, lay in wait in a
hollow, while the rioters surrounded them. They seemed to have 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 head-quarters without
suspicion. Help arrived. The rioters were surrounded and dispersed
Mr. Millett had with him 40
two of whom were shot by the rebels. One of his force was able to get off
with the cigar alight, as though he were smoking. This life-saving little
rolled note is now in the possession of Mr. George Millett, as well as the
rebels’ flag, which Mr. T. T. Millett sent home as a trophy. A bad attack
of jungle fever followed the exposure and privations.
On the 20th February,
1878 Mr. T. T. Millett married, at St. Stephen’s, Hampstead, Kate, eldest
daughter of the late Walter Alexander Leslie (Surgeon Major Indian Army), and
shortly after returned to India.
The illness of our young
townsman had – as that of any young Englishman would who dies far from home,
though blessed with the presence of loving relatives – some touching
incidents. It seems that Major Hoskins, Mr. Millett’s chief, arrived at
Mirsapur in the beginning of July and, while moving about with him, on
inspecting duties, Mr. Millett was attacked with delta fever. As soon as
he was a little stronger he followed Major Hoskins, to continue their work,
though he was so weak, throughout July. The weather was wet, the rivers
were swollen, their banks overflowed, and the water was up to within 10 or 12
yards of Mr. Millett’s drawing-room steps. It was feared by Mrs. Millett
and Miss Sarah Millett that so much damp, and the tent-life Mr. Millett so
graphically described for Penzance people, would bring a return of fever to the
husband and brother. Their forebodings appeared to be well founded.
On Friday, July 29th, Mr. Millett’s orderly arrived with the
news that his master had been down in fever for four days and was very
weak. He had been brought home by river. A mattress was sent down
to the riverside and six bearers brought the sick man to his home and to his
alarmed wife and sister. At time delirious, occasionally a little better,
Mrs. Millett determined to move her husband to Rajahmundry, where the medical
aid of Dr. Buck and the assistance of truly kind and good English friends could
be gained. This removal (by boat) occupied 24 hours. In spite of
unremitting attention the fever raged. Miss Millett and her charge – Mr.
T. T. Millett’s two little boys – were sent for. They reached Rajahmundry
too late. On the night of the 5th of August Mr. T. T. Millett
died. His last letter referred to Penzance and of his desire to toil on
and eventually to settle here. In his delirium, anxiously watched by his
faithful wife, who never left his bedside for six days and nights, he babbled
of scenes and incidents which were strange to her. Doubtless his last
thoughts were of the home he loved so well, and we can only faintly reciprocate
that feeling by saying how much his friends regret the end of a useful and promising
life and how sincerely they sympathise with his bereaved widow and mourning
Source: The Cornishman
Thursday 14 September 1882, p. 4.
"Old John Company", by
late Towers Trevorian Millett, of the Madras Police. "A brief review
of the early history of the Honourable East India Company, familiarly yet
affectionately styled by its servants Old John Company." The Cornishman
(Penzance) Thursday 28
May 1885, p. 7, Thursday 4 June 1885, p. 7, Thursday 11 June 1885, p. 7,
Thursday 18 June 1885, p. 7.
(1) MARTIN LESLIE MILLETT
Born 3 December
Rajahmundry, Madras, India, baptised 20 August 1879 at Free
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.
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 survivors.
Passenger lists leaving UK
Lilburn & Co
on voyage 6
on to New Zealand in 1898 ?
to permanent staff
be Sergeant Instuctor, Wellington: M. L. Millett.
Source: Evening Post (Wellington) 16 March 1911, p. 8.
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 ...
Source: 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, p. 7.
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
Source: Auckland War Memorial Museum
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.
Residence in New Zealand
1908: Apiti, Manawatu (labourer)
1919: Apiti, Manawatu (poultry farmer)
Aruhe, Pokokini, Marlborough (sheep
Te Kopuru, Northland (farmer)
1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1949: Te
Kopuru, Northland (farmhand, farmer)
Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.
Horo, Horowhenua (shepherd)
1904: Apiti, Manawatu (farmer)
1913: 26 Herald Street, Berhampore,
(sergeant-major, Defence Department)
Marlborough (sheep farmer)
Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.
(2) GEORGE NICHOLLS MILLETT
Born 29 August 1880 at
Rajahmundry, Madras, India, baptised 7 June 1881 at
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, Meadowbank, Auckland.
Died 5 February
1962 at Devonport, Auckland and cremated 7 February 1962 at Purewa Cemetery,
The Millett – Fletcher Connection.
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