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Major Jackson’s career as a settler and as a volunteer officer has been a most distinguished one. At the commencement of the Waikato campaign in 1863 Major Jackson was farming his own land near Papakura, and as he was not disposed to submit tamely to be driven from bis homestead, he offered his services as a private in the volunteers. He first distinguished himself in repelling an attack made by the rebels upon a halffinished redoubt on the Wairoa road (known afterwards as Ring’s Redoubt), After this he offered to raise a company of Forest Rangers, consisting of experienced bnshmen, who would fight the Maoris in their own fashion. The Government accepted the offer. In December, 1863, he scoured the Hinua Ranges and surprised a party of Natives 200 strong, several of the enemy being killed and wounded, the actual murderers of the late Mr Hamlin Trust’s children, Cooper, Calvert, Jackson, and Mr and Mrs Fahey, being among the slain. After six months’ service this corps was disbanded, and he was authorised to raise a fresh company to be attached to the second Waikato regiment. At Wairi where a number of Natives surprised a bathing party in the Mangapiko River, Major Jackson narrowly escaped being shot while endeavoring to bring off a wounded man. The Maori fired his double-barrelled gun and missed him, and in hia rage hurled the gun at Major Jackson, when he shot the Native with his revolver. During the whole of 1564 Major Jackson and his company were actively engaged in the Waikato, more particularly at the seige and capture of Orakau. Ho received the thanks of General Cameron, and was promoted to the rank of Major. During the last session of the Assembly, as member for Waipa, he succeeded in getting the claims of tho Forest Rangers and the men of Colonel Nixon’s defence force recognised, and a promise was given by the Government that they should be fully investigated, and justice done to the men. ‘ Press ’ telegram.

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THE LATE MAJOR JACKSON., Evening Star, Issue 8027, 2 October 1889

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THE LATE MAJOR JACKSON. Evening Star, Issue 8027, 2 October 1889