DEATH OF A VETERAN LEADER.
WANGANUI, November 8. Lieutenant-colonel M'Donnell (New Zealand Cross) died this morning after a lingerSnjflllness.
Lieutenant-colonel Thomas M'Donnell, N.Z.C., and eldest son of Commander Thomae af'Donnell, R.N., of Porte Ferry, Cassel, Ireland, was born in 1832 at the Strait of Bernadin, Philippine Islands. He went -to New Zealand about 1810, and received' a commission in August, 1863, as sub-inspector in the colonial defence force. Served in the flying column at Duiy, Burt's Farm, Mauku, and Queen's Redoubt. .Volunteered with Major Yon Tempekey in the reconnaiaance of Paparata, wliere they had a narrow escape" from the enemy, for ■which service he was thanked in general orders by General Sir Duncan Cameron. Accompanied the Thames- expedition imder Briga--dier-general' Carey. Was • present 'at the taking of Rangiaohia on February 4, 1864, ami in the action fought tjie following day. Received Ms captaincy for distinguished services in 1864, and was .appointed resident magistrate for Upper Waikatb".- He" was sent; in coruriiana tof the Arawas, to the East Coast, where he • ercountered the enemy in ifeveral engagements, and was wounded. Was promoted to brevetmajor in July, 1865, for services in the field, and was given command of the Native contingent on the West Coast. Played'a prominent part in the capture of the Wereora pa, and accompanied tho forces in the relief of Pipiriki the following clay.. Joined the ex-
peditionary ".force aent to Opotiki, where he defeated the Hauhaus and captured Kiorikino pa, inflicting heavy loss on the enemy. He was in command of the "Waimana force in pursuit of Kereopa, and also captured Te Pua. Having been recaHed to Wanganui he .served with General Chute, taking part in the actions of Moturoa and Pulche, where he was ag:ain wounded. Was ina<?e lieutenant-colonel for special services in the field in 1867, and was at the taking of Kelemarao and Kcteonctoa, Ahipaipa, and other, 'places. He was again sent to the. East Coast, 1 where he inflicted a heavy defeat on, the Wa-ikatds at Ro'toiua. Was recalled to" Patea-' en route,, for Hokitikawith a force to quell a-JPenian outbreak there, in July,. 1868, he received liis commission ot Inspector of Armed Constabulary. - He attacked and burnt Te-Ngutu-o-tc-Manu. At the second fight in the forest he was defeated, but succeeded in saving his column and the wounded, though having to sustain the whole force of the enemy. He was again wounded, and levied against Tito Kawaiu at TaurangaIka and Karaka Flats. In July, 1839, ho assumed command of the forces against Te Kooti in the Taupe- and Uriwera 'country, and defeated him atTokami, and stormed his stronghold, To Porere, -killing many of his men. ana continued the pursuit to Patatore and Opotiki. For these services he repeatedly received the thanks of the Go\ernor-iu-Council, of the Ministers of the day, and of Sir Duncan Cameron and Sir Trevor Chute, who on two separate occasions recommended him for the New Zealand Cross. In 1666 Colonel M'Dorinell married Jfias Rose Yon Dardebyyn, who died in 1569. He married secondly, in 1870, the third daughter of Mr Thomas E. Lomax, oi Coults' Bank, London.—" Mennell's AusUulasiau Biography."
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