A day of mourning and of sadness for Auckland is this, when the bravest and best of her citizen soldiers, the gallant Colonel Nixon, shall be carried to his last long home, and laid beside the fallen heroes of liangiriri. The public offices will be closed at noon, and in calling upon the Ist and 2nd class militia, the Hifle and Naval Volunteers, aud his own special corps, the Volunteer Cavalry to follow his remains in all honour to the grave, it is sought to make this sad ceremony, what it really will be, the outpouring of the people's heartfelt sorrow for the loss of one who was esteemed by them in civil life as a kindly hearted gentleman, aud, as a soldier, as one who at the close of an active military career, when lie had fondly hoped to have laid down the sword for the peaceful avocations of a settler in his adopted country—buckled on his harness at the iirst note of alarm, and stood boldly forward to defend his rights and theirs. In honoring the niememory of their late friend and fellow colonist the citizens of Auckland are themselves honoxired. It is with, no littie pride that we can point to such, names as his, as colonists of our Provinee, and it will show to our advantage that amid the bustle of business, the excitement of war, the money making greed and selfishness with which unscrupulous rivals do not hesitate to charge us as a community, we can appreciate the worth of one who has so nobly shed his blood in our cause, and can pause amid the -engrossing affairs of every day life to pay the last tribute of respect to his memory. On Saturday evening the remains of Colonel .Nixon were brought into town and laid in the Albert Barracks and committed to the charge ot a guard of houor, composed-of the men of his own Cavalry force. The following General Order was issued on Saturday last: — GENERAL ORDERS. Head-quarters, Auckland, May 28, 1864. No. 1. TheLt-G-eneral Commanding regrete to announce the death of Colonel Nixon, Colonial Defence Corps. All olficers of H.3VI. Forces off duty will attend the funeral of this officer, which will take place on Monday next, the 30th iust. Bv order, (Signed) "R.'Cabev, D. A. General. We observe by an advertisement, in another column that the brethren of the various Masonic Lodges are also requested to attend the funeral.
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COLONEL NIXON., New Zealand Herald, Volume I, Issue 170, 30 May 1864
COLONEL NIXON. New Zealand Herald, Volume I, Issue 170, 30 May 1864
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