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            Married MARGARET RENNIE.


            Children, including:





            Burgess of Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

            Lived at Newbigging near Dundee.


Married MARGARET WEMYSS, daughter of Arthur Wemyss of Dundee.


            4 children:


            (1)  ANDREW LESLIE


                        Born about 1754 at Tealing, Angus.

Baptised 25 October 1754 at Tealing.

                        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.





                        Burgess of Dundee.

                        Lived at Dundee.





            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.


England Censuses


1841:  Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, England  (surgeon)

1851:  Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, England  (surgeon R. N. retired)

1861:  Highweek Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, England  (surgeon R. N. retired)



            (2)  WILLIAM LESLIE


                        Born 1778 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.


Married to MARGARET McDONALD (born 1787, died 18 October 1809 in London).


Died 13 July 1807 at Cowley Place, Brampford Speke, Devon.

Buried in July 1807 at St Luke Churchyard, Charlton, Greenwich, London.


                        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 (born about 1793 at Padstow, Cornwall,  died 21 June 1865 at Brampford Speke, Devon).  No children.


Died 6 December 1784 at Newton Abbot.


England Census


1861:  Burley House, Brampford Speke, Devon



                        (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.


England Censuses


1841, 1851:  Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon

1861:  Highweek Road, Newton Abbot, Devon





            Born about 1781, baptised 3 June 1781 at St Mary’s, Watford. Hertfordshire, England



            (4)  THOMAS LESLIE


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


Died in childhood (before July 1787) in Dundee.





            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


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


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


England Census                    


1851:  Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon  (Paymaster & purser, Royal Navy (half pay))




                        EMMA LESLIE


                                    Baptised 31 March 1819 at Elgin, Morayshire.

                                    Died 15 November 1895 at Devon Square, Newton Abbot, Devon.


England Censuses


1851:  Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon

1871, 1891:  Newton Abbot, Devon



            (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.





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

            Commander, Royal Navy.


Married on 24 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.


England Censuses


1851:  East Park House, Newton Abbot, Devon  (Lieutenant Royal Navy (half pay))

1861:  East Park, Newton Abbot, Devon  (Commander Royal Navy (retired))


4 children:




            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).


Residence in Australia


1880:  Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales


Source:  Sands Street Index, 1861-1930


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


2 children:




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.





                        See below.





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).


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


England Censuses


1841:  Wolborough, Devon, England

1851:  Mylor, Cornwall, England  (articled clerk)


Residence in Australia


May 1891:  Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute, Liverpool,

            New South Wales, Australia


3 children:




Born 7 April 1870 at Mount Gambia, South Australia, baptised 3 October 1875 at Botany, New South Wales, Australia.


Married in 1895 at Mudgee, New South Wales CAROLINE RICHARDS (born 29 July 1868 at Mudgee, died 26 February 1963 at Ashfield, New South Wales).


Residence in Australia


1930:  Denison Street, Mudgee, New South Wales (engineer)


Source:  Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980


Died 3 November 1948 at Croydon, New South Wales.





Born 17 August 1875 at Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia, baptised 3 October 1875 at Botany, New South Wales.


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.



                        (3)  MARY ELIZABETH KATE LESLIE


                        Born 15 April 1877 at Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia, baptised 14 January 1879 at St John’s Anglican Church, Parramata, Sydney, New South Wales.


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 Burwood.


Residence in Australia


1935:  Carisbrooke, Albert Road, Strathfield, Sydney, New South                           Wales  (home duties)


             Source:  Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980.





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 1874 at Newton Abbot, Devon.


England Censuses


1861:  12 Spencer Street, Rickergate, Cumberland, England

1871:  East Park, Newton Abbot, Devon, England





            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.

Buried 10 May 1878 at Shirley, Surrey


Life and death


b. 19 Sept. 1820.  St. Georges.  M.R.C.S. 1842.  L.S.A. 1842.  Assistant Surgeon 11 Feb. 1845.  Surgeon 31 Oct. 1862.  Surgeon Major 11 Feb. 1865.  Retired 14 Oct. 1866.  d. at Hampstead, 5 May 1878.


Source:  Crawford, Dirom Grey.  Roll of the Indian Medical Service, 1615-1930.  London, W. Thacker & Co., 1930, p. 337.


England Census


1871:  The Grange, Bletchingley, Surrey, England  (General Practitioner, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons London, Licentiate Apothecaries Company)


6 children:




                        See below.





            Born 13 August 1852 at Honore, Madras, India.

Educated between 1865-1870 at Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent.

            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 (b. 1828);  died 7 August 1948 at West Molesey, Surrey).


Died 6 December 1931 at Kingston, Surrey.


England Censuses


1861:  5 York Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

1871:  The Grange, Bletchingley, Surrey, England

1901:  23 Leinster Terrace, Paddington, London, England  (District Officer, Royal Engineers, Colchester)

1911:  3 Devon Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England  (Indian Public Works Dept (retired))






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

            Lieutenant Royal Artillery, Lieutenant-Colonel Seaforth Highlanders.


War decoration


                                    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 (born 1899 at Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, no relation, died 23 December 1986 at Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland).


Died September 1982 at Findhorn, Morayshire, Scotland.


England Censuses


1901:  23 Leinster Terrace, Paddington, London, England

1911:  3 Devon Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England









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 (born about 1868, died 9 March 1940 in Wellington, New Zealand).


Died 8 July 1915 at Wellington, buried at Karori Cemetery, 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 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.


England Censuses


                        1861:  5 York Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

                        1871:  Long Street, Repton, Derbyshire, England


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.




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


2 children:




            Born 27 January 1903 in New Zealand.





            Born about 1903

            Died 21 June 1934, buried 23 June 1934 at Auckland



            (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.




There was a very happy family gathering 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 St. Heliers.


Source:  Bay of Plenty Times Wednesday 10 February 1937, p. 2 col. F.


People referred to:


Elizabeth Mary Leslie (1857-1940)

William Clarence Colebrook Leslie (1861-1943)

George Nicholls Millett (1880-1962)

Charles Trevorian Fletcher Millett (1903-1995)

Margaret Elisabeth Millett (Gay) (b. 1934)

Isabella Robertson Millett née Fletcher (1881-1965)

Margaret Ellen Millett née Brookes (1903-1999)

Edward Tracey Fletcher Millett (1906-1989)

Rowena Rosa Purnell (1888-1976)  (Elizabeth Leslie's Companion)


England Census:


1871:  The Grange, Bletchingley, Surrey, England


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.





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



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 25 May 1883 at Cranbrook, Kent, died 4 November 1959 at Mayfield, East Sussex).


Died 16 December 1943 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


England Censuses


1881:  Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Berkshire, England  (Gentleman cadet)

1901:  Rosedene, Farnham, Surrey, England  (Captain, Indian Staff Corps)




1939:  Rabbits Rest, Uckfield, Sussex, England  (Army Officer and Civil Magistrate)


Source:  England and Wales Register 1939


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, Bengal.



                        (2)  MARJORY ELIZABETH LESLIE


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


England Census:


1901:  Rosedene, Farnham, Surrey, England





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

Educated at The King's School, Canterbury, Kent, England.

            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.


William Robert 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 stabilised.

 His parents received the following telegram dated the 28th of January 1915:-

 “Deeply regret to inform you that 2nd Lieut. W.R.N. Leslie 1st Gloucester Regt. was killed on 25 January.  Lord Kitchener expresses his sympathy.”

 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.


England Census:


1911:  Malta  (2nd Lieutenant, 2/Bn Gloucestershire Regiment)


                        (4)  MURIEL GRACE EVERLEEN LESLIE


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


Died 16 April 1976 at Herne Bay, Kent.


England Census


1911:  Rosedene, Farnham, Surrey, England




1939:  Marybuds, Romsey and Stockbridge, Hampshire, England  (clerk typist, retd)


Source:  England and Wales Register 1939





            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), daughter of Ralph Lowe (1824-1904) and Matilda Ann Collier (1831-.1915).


Died 2 April 1931 at Bucklow, Cheshire.


England Censuses


1871:  Matfield Green, Brenchley, Kent, England

1881:  King's School, Christ Church, Canterbury, Kent, England

1901:  10 Bolton Gardens, Kensington, London, England  (commercial traveller)

1911:  3 Grange Road, Bowdon, Cheshire, England  (private secretary)





            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




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



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.


England and Scotland Censuses


1861:  5 York Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

1871:  The Grange, Bletchingley, Surrey, England

1891:  27 Beaconsfield Villas, Steyning, Sussex, England

1901:  21 Partickhill Road, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland


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.





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.


England Census


1861:  Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall, England




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))




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


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 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.


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 immediately.


Source:  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.


Source:  Administration 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 his 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 born on 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 superintendentship.

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 India.

He was an active 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 “Rumpa Rebellion.”

Mr. Millett, 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 immediately.”

Mr. Millett had with him 40 men, 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 bad 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 relatives.

Source:  The Cornishman (Penzance) Thursday 14 September 1882, p. 4.



“Old John Company”, by the 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.


            2 children:




Born 3 December 1878 at Rajahmundry, Madras, India, 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


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


Residence in 1897


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.




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 survivors.


Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960


Name                                       Martin L Millett

Date of departure                    7 December 1897

Port of departure                     Glasgow

Destination port                      Sydney

Destination country                 Australia

Age                                          19

Marital status                           Single

Sex                                          Male



Ship                                         Loch Sloy

Master’s name                         Wade

Steamship Line                        Aitken Lilburn & Co

Where bound                           Melbourne, Australia

Square feet                 

Registered tonnage                 1200

Passengers on voyage              6




Came on to New Zealand in 1898 ?


Appointment to Territorials


Appointments to permanent staff

To be Sergeant Instuctor, Wellington:  M. L. Millett.


Source:  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 ...


Source:  Evening Post (Wellington) 21 March 1911, p. 2.


Wellington 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, Lower Hutt.


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 October 1916.


Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (


He returned to New Zealand on the HMNZT Tofua on 21 December 1918.


In 1924 he received the British War Medal, marking his war service overseas.




A bone 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 Eastern art.


Source:  New Zealand Herald 25 August 1941, p. 6.


Residence in New Zealand


1905/06, 1908:  Apiti, Manawatu (labourer)

1914, 1919:  Apiti, Manawatu (poultry farmer)

1922:  Te Aruhe, Pokokini, Marlborough (sheep farmer)

1925:  Tatarariki, Te Kopuru, Northland (farmer)

1928, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1949:  Te Kopuru, Northland (farmhand, farmer)


Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.


1902:  Te Horo, Horowhenua (shepherd)

1903, 1904:  Apiti, Manawatu (farmer)

1910:  Martinborough (farmer)

1913:  26 Herald Street, Berhampore, Wellington (sergeant-major, Defence Department)

1923:  Homewood, Marlborough (sheep farmer)


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





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, died 24 July 1945) 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, Meadowbank, Auckland.


England Census


1891:  27 Beaconsfield Villas, Steyning, Sussex, England


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.




            See also:


The Millett – Fletcher Connection.


            Millett of Bosavern and Marazion: Biographical Notes.




Updated 22 January 2019.


David Anderson Leslie (1807-1861)
David Anderson Leslie (1807-1861)

Leslie Family in New Zealand
Leslie Family in New Zealand

Left to right:


Marya Isabella Camilla Leslie née Ulkjar (died 9 March 1940 in New Zealand) – wife of Walter Jefferson Leslie (married 2 March 1879 in New Zealand).

Walter Jefferson Leslie (born 11 September 1855 at Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, died 8 July 1915 in Wellington, New Zealand).

Elizabeth Mary Leslie (born 9 February 1857 at Palamcottah, Madras, India, died 5 December 1940 at Apiti, Manawatu, New Zealand).

Kate Millett née Leslie (born 30 January 1851 at Honore, Madras, India, died 27 December 1921 at Te Aruhe, Marlborough, New Zealand).

Rowena Rosa Purnell (companion to Elizabeth, born 17 August 1888 at Yeovil, Somerset, died 13 January 1976 in New Zealand) – lived in Palmerston North from Elizabeth Leslie’s death in December 1940 to her own death in January1976.

The photograph was probably taken between 1907 (when Elizabeth came to New Zealand) and July 1915 (when Walter died).

Mary Maither Park King (1843-1918)
Second Wife of George Leslie (1828-1906)

Kate Millett nee Leslie, 1851-1921
Kate Millett nee Leslie, 1851-1921

Kate and Elizabeth Mary leslie
Kate Millett nee Leslie and Elizabeth Mary Leslie, 1857-1940

Morice & Walter Alexander Andrew Leslie
Morice Leslie (1852-1931) & Walter Alexander Andrew Leslie (1893-1982)

William Clarence Colebrook Leslie (1861-1943)
William Clarence Colebrook Leslie (1861-1943)

Towers Trevorian Millett, 1852-1882
Towers Trevorian Millett, 1852-1882

Towers Trevorian Millett, 1852-1882
Towers Trevorian Millett, 1852-1882

Frederick Herbert King Leslie (1870-1948)
and Caroline Leslie née Richards (1868-1963)

Frederick Herbert King Leslie (1870-1948)
and Mary Elizabeth Kate Leslie (1877-1944)

Caroline Leslie née Richards (1868-1963)
and Walter Cecil Bubb (1897-1956)

George Nicholls Millett, 1880-1962
George Nicholls Millett, 1880-1962

Loch Sloy
Loch Sloy