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It is with widespread regret that ib will be learned that Lieutenant-Colonel P. F. de Quincey, the Sergeant-at-Arms in the New Zealand House of Representatives, died yesterday morning. The deceased gentleman had been many years in India, where he contracted malarial fever. The effects of this never left him. The arduous duties of the last session of Parliament told upon him visibly, and be was laid up in Wellington for a little while. On coming to Auckland he became better, and was able to get about. Bub about a week ago he was compelled bo take to his bed at Cambridge House, Vincent-street, where ho resided. Here he was attended by Dr. Mackellar. On Saturday evening he was in a moribund condition. Dr. Roberton was called in in consultation, but nothing could be done, the patienb sinking gradually, dying aboub aquarber to eight on Sunday morning. There were with him at his death Mrs. Peacocke, his step-daughter, Mr. Peacocke, of Park Road, and Miss Cousins, Colonel de Quincey married Mrs. Pilling, widow of the late Captain Pilling. The funeral will take place this afternoon at Purewa at half- three. Lieut. -Colonel Paul Frederick de Quincey, son of Thomas de Quincey, the great English writer, was born at Grasmere, Westmoreland, on Nov. 26, 1828, and was educated at the High School, Edinburgh, and at the Laeswade School, near that city. He entered the army in 1845 as ensign in the 70th Regiment, and served with distinction in India from 1846 to- 1860, when, having become successively captain and major of brigade on the permanent staff of the Bengal Presidency, he was ordered with his old regiment, which he had rejoined after serving with several others, for active service in New Zealand. Colonel de Quincey arrived in that colony in May, 1861, served there for a time, commanded tho Ist Company Transport Corps, and then rejoined his regiment; but seeing no prospect of returning to India without sacrificing his position, sold out, and turned his attention to farming, with the unsatisfactory results usually experienced by military men. In 1863, the war breaking out, and the Auckland Militia being called out for active service, he waa appointed to the command of the left wing of the 3rd Battalion Artillery, with a captain's commission and without pay, and embodied ib on those terms. Major-General Galloway, under whom he had served in India, on being appointed to the command "of the colonial forces selected Captain de Quincey as his military secretary, to which appointment he was gazetted with the rank of major, and soon afterwards he was gazetted to a lieutenant-colonelcy. On General Galloway leaving the colony in 1564 he was succeeded in the command by Colonel Haultain, Lieut.-Colonel de Quincey continuing as military secretary. Sabsequent to the termination of tho war in the Auckland province he lived principally in the country till the year 18S9, when the office of Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives having become vacant the appointment was conferred on him by the Speaker. He was also Visitor bo the Auckland Asylum and a J.P.

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DEATH OF COLONEL DE QUINCEY., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXI, Issue 9486, 16 April 1894

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DEATH OF COLONEL DE QUINCEY. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXI, Issue 9486, 16 April 1894