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The Late General Feilding.

We have been shown a very hand* somely mounted lithographed epitome of the late General Feilding's career, and as it may interest many of our readers we reproduce the same, which is as follows : — "General the Hon, William Henry Adelbert Feilding ; born January 1836 ; son of the 7th Earl of Denbigh ; Godson of King William 4th ; Godson and page of Honour to Queen Adelaide. Ensign 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment 1852 ; Lieut Coldstream Guards 1854 ; served in Crimea 1855 56; Captain 1854; Lieut-Colonel 1860; Graduated at staff college in one year's course, A.D.C. to General Knolly's at Aldershot 1860 ; A.A.G. Dublin district 1864---6 9; Major General 1880 ; Lieut-General 1889; General 1893; 1870 appointed British Commissioner to French Armies in the Franco German war ; 1871 was decorated in the field by General Chanzy, with the Legion of Honour for saving the wounded (under fire) from the hospital in a burning village. The following day bis horse was shot under him, and his own shoulder dislocated, yet in 48 hours he was again in the field. At the conclusion of the war he was appointed Military Attache to the British Embassy during the commune and seigo of Paris, 1875 commanded a battalion of the Coldstream Guards at Aldershet ; 1872 76 he was variously employed on staff duties ; attended as A.A.G. in 1872 the Salisbury manoeuvres ; in 1873 as A.A G. the Dartmoor manoeuvres ; 1376 commanded at Shorncliffe, and the same year was appointed A.A.G. to^Sir William Codrington at Aldershot ; 1882 Chef de Mission at the Italian manoeuvres ; 1883 commanded 3rd Brigade at Aldershot; 1886 attended officially the Austrian and French manoeuvres ; President of the W.O. Committee for the revision of the infantry drill and musketry regulations, Inspector-General of recruiting 1891 94. In 1805, when A.A.G. in Dublin, he was actively engaged in stamping out Fenianism in the garrison and had to act as prosecutor in 47 court martials on soldiers implicated in fenian treason ; 1869, confidentially employed by Home office for the same purpose, when he re-organised the Detective Department. Though a marked man in Ireland, he refused all police protection, and went everywhere openly an unarmed. In 1871, went to New Zealand in connection with the Colonists' Land and Loan Corporation, and founded the town of Feilding — named by the Government after him, and now one of the most flourishing settlements in the colony ; 1880-81 at the request of the Queensland Government, he organised and conducted an expedition from Brisbane to the Point Parker, N.W. of Gulf Carpentaria, to advise on the possibility of opening up the country by rail. His survey on foot and ou horse back extended over 1400 miles and took six months. In 1885 the Sultan of Johore appointed him chairman of his Advisory Board in England. Married Charlotte, daughter of Sir Baldwyn Leighton, 7th Bart. Died at Bangkok, Siam, of cholera, 25th March, 1895, and was buried with full military honours by order of the King of Siam." It is the property of Mrs F. Towler, to whom Lady Feilding sent the epi tome of the late General's career, and was lithographed in Wellington, Mr J. Williamson framed it in a neat guilt frame. In this connection we may mention that a large oil portrait of the late General is on its way to Feilding to be placed in any public hall oc room that is chosen for it, but this will be decided when f;he picture arrives.

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The Late General Feilding., Feilding Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 175, 27 January 1897

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The Late General Feilding. Feilding Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 175, 27 January 1897