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The Late Colonel Brett.

Colonel Brett was bom in Wexford, Ireland, in tho year 1809, and two months ago completed his eightieth year. Ilia father was a barrister, and resided at Olebernon Hall, Wexford, in which county he was captain of tho Yeomanry Cavalry. Hi 3 school days were passed at Patora, near Enniskillen, the headmaster at tho time being Dc Kuox, who was subsequently raised to the Episcopal Bench. Colonel Brett married at St. Michael's Church, Limerick, in 1845, Harriet Baker Harris, daughter of Colonel Harris, of the 24th Regiment of Foot. He leaves three sous and two daughters, who survive him. Colonel Brett entered the Indian Army in IS-5, joining the Madras Light Infantry as ensign, and serving with them for twenty-four years. As.a lieutenant in the Coorg campaign of 1834 he took part in some spirited engagements. Ho was in charge of a storming party at the capture of the Cassinhully stockade. The desperate character of this assault can be estimated from the fact that his regiment lost six out of eight officers, and forty-seven out of sixty men killed and woundeel, while H.M. 55th Regiment had seven out of nine officers and ninety-eight out of 100 men killed and wounded. William IV., on opening Parliament, expressed his admiration of the gallantry displayed by this small force, and his regret for tho unprecedented losa it had sustained. In De Warren's * History cf India' Lieutenant Brett is spoken of as that " heroic Brett," and as " tho bravest of the brave." He also received the thanks of tho general in the presence of the whole force. Shortly after this successful expedition the lieutenant was promoted to a company, and for somo time returned to Ireland.

In 1553 he obtained his majority, and in tho second Burmese war served as a volunteer, and second in command of the 35th Madras Native Infantry. In this position he commanded a post on an island of the Irrawady River, near Prome, 500 miles in advance of the army, and boat off several attacks made by the enemy, for which services he received the thanks of Admiral Austin, with whom ho was co-operating. He also commanded tho flank companies of the 35th Regiment at the taking of Prome, and for his services ho received the thanks of General Sir John Cheap, and was awarded a modal and clasp and prize money. When tho Crimean War began, the Duko of Ncwcastlo, Minister of War, upplicd to tho East India Company's directors for Major Brett's services, and appointed him to tho command of four regiments of the Osmanli cavalry, with tho rank of brigadier. He raised a regiment GOO strong of Albanian cavalry, embarked them at Alcxaudretta, and reached tho Dardanelles without the lose of a man or horse. He subsequently, in command of seven regiments of cavalry, marched over tho Balkans to Shumla. The Sultan created him Lova Pasha (with the rank of major-general) and a Knight of the Medjidie of tho third order. Somo few months after being ordered Home news was received of tho Indian Mutiny, and at twentyfour hours' notice Brigadier Brott embarked to join his regiment. He was placed on the staff of General Whittock, whose force was augmented by Colonol Brett's 3rd Madras European Regiment when they set forth to the relief of Delhi and Lucknow. The Nabob was defeated, and afterwards Colonel Brott took part in the operations at Kirwee, where a rajah was taken prisoner with treasure of the value of three-quarters of a million sterling. Colonel Brett for his services received tho command of a regiment of irregular cavalry, and was engaged for two mouths iu chasing the rebel chiefTatiatopec, but was unsuccessful. Ho returned to England to prosecute the claim of Sir George Whittock'o column as the actual capturers of the Banda and Kirwee booty, and, with the assistance of others, carried the cat>e to the Admiralty Court. For his services in India, Colonel Brett received a medal and clasp, and some L 5.000 in prizemoney. Ho came to Canterbury in 1865, and purchased the Kirwee Estate at Coiirtenay. He was elected to the Provincial Council in 1872, having been called to the Legislative Council a year before by Bir W. Fox.—' Ly'tteltdu Times,'

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The Late Colonel Brett., Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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The Late Colonel Brett. Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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