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Slt is with much grief that we announce the death* |of Colonel Nixon, which took place yesterday! at seven o’clock. This event though not! Ijheartsof most of the old residents in this Province.! jrlt would be difficult to meet with any person inf [the neighbourhood of Auckland more universally! esteemed, or whose loss—at the present juncture,! jwill be more severely felt than that of the latcg eColonel Marmaduke George Nixon. Colonel! |Nixon had in his earlier days seen much service! jin India, for which ha held several medals,® fand where he attained the rank of Major inj sH.M.’s. 39th Regiment, From the time when hel sbecame a settler in this province till the outbreaks ot the present war he had been living in retire-s ment from active service on his farm atMangarei.l The kindness and amiability of his endeared him to a large circle of friends, and hel had entered with much relish and considerables success into farming and pastoral pursuits. H From the first commencement of the present war [I ■he had placed his services at the disposal of the a .Governor, and had held various posts of higli3 [trust, in which he had always proved himself ana lable, energetic, and high-spirited officer. To hisl !men he was ever kind and considerate, at the J *same time that he permitted no breach of dis--■cipline. The duties for which he was always' .selected were those which gave him com-] jtnand of forces raised from the ranks of his] ifellow-colonists, but he enjoyed in a high degree 5 [the respect and esteem of the officers of the regu- ■ ■lar army. He was Colonel of the Auckland] sMilitia, and of the Royal Cavalry Volunteers. He fwas also Commandant of the Local Defence Force. |He received the wound which has, after a linger-; Hug illness, terminated in his death, in the 51st ’year of his age, at the attack at Rangiawhia, on fthe 21st February, 1864. | The following are the general orders issued I by Major-General Galloway yesterday, relative! to the funeral: — | Militia and Volunteer General Orders, | Auckland, May 27th, 18G4.1 No. 1. I It is with deep regret that the Major-General an-l enounces to the Colonial Forces the death of Colonel I IMarmaduke George Nixon, Commanding Colonial | Force and Royal Cavalry Volunteers, which 3 -took place this morning from a wound received in action 1 ton the 21st February last, at Rangiawhia. I By the death of Colonel Nixon the Colonial Forces | lose the services of a most gallant and chivalrous Officer,! and the Colony loses a noble gentleman, and an ener-5 getic settler. I The remains of Colonel Nixon will be interred on» Monday next, the 30th instant, at 3 o’clock p.m. I No. 2. j With reference to the above Order, a firing party,! consisting of all the available men of the Ist and 2nd] iClass Auckland Militia, Auckland Rifle Volunteers, and] I Auckland Naval Volunteers, under the command of] ILieut.-Colonel Nation, will assemble at 2 o’clock, p.m.,1 Son Monday next, at the Albert Barracks, without their; shall ammunition in their pouches, when they will be . ■supplied with blank cartridge. ? | No. 3. 5 9 Capt. Hutton, Commanding Royal Cavalry Volun-' Steers, will take steps to order the different troops of the ■above corps to parade at the same time and place. • I No. 4. I I Capt. Hardington, Commanding the Auckland iXroop Royal Cavalry Volunteers, will be pleased to ifurnish a guard over the remains of Colonel Nixon at |the Albert Barracks, from to-morrow, at 4 p.m., until ■the funeral takes place. I 9 No. 5. ! B Any officers or men of the Colonial Defence Force u that can be spared from duty are requested to attend the Sfuneral of their late Commanding Officer. 9 By Order, 9 H. C. Balneavis, 1 D. A. G. ofM. & V.

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IN MEMORIAM., New Zealander, Volume XX, Issue 2126, 28 May 1864

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IN MEMORIAM. New Zealander, Volume XX, Issue 2126, 28 May 1864