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For some time past the serious illness of Sir Robert Douglas has in a measure prepared his friends for the intelligence that at an early hour this morning he passed away. Since his arrival from Auckland he has been residing with his brother-in-law, Mr C. H. Ashforth, the change of air being considered beneficial. Nothwithstanding the most assiduous care and aenention, Sir Robert gradually sank, the end arriving at four o'clock. Sir Robert Douglas was born in July 1837. He was educated at first in Jersey, completing his studies in Hampshire. He was gazetted into the 57th Regiment in 1854, and very quickly was on active service in the Crimean war. He was present at the storming of Sebastopol, and the capture of Kinburn, receiving the Crimean medal and clasp, and the Turkish War medal. He next served against the Arabs at Aden, and was present at the capture at Sheikothman. From Arabia to India was but a short step, and the young officer took part in the suppression of the terrible Indian mutiny. 'ihe 57th were afterwards despatched to New Zealand, and Sir Robert served in the campaign on this Coast, being present at various skirmishes, and at Nukumaru, receiving the honor of mention in general orders. For ten years he commanded a company of the old "Die Hards," finally retiring by sale of commission, and settling ia this colony where he had married, and was possessed of property. There are many members of the old Regiment settled in this district who will hear with sincere sorrow of the early death of their old commander. Sir Robert was exceedingly popular in the Regiment, the men looking upon him as a fearless leader and a considerate and liberal officer, From his residence on this Coast during a stirring period, he naturally made many warm friends, and we feel sure the news of his decease will be received with deep regret. Sir Robert Douglas was a public man, well known in political circles. For many years he was a member of the Auckland Provincial Council, and at the general election of 1876 he was returned to the House of Representatives for the district of Maraden, which he represented until 1879. During the time he was a representative he was distinguished by great activity and energy, and perhaps did more than any other man in the House to keep the Opposition from falling to pieces during the ascendency of Sir George Grey. He was never disheartened, and fought a losing battle perhaps better that any man in the House. He was a man of the most generous and kindly disposition, sparing no exertions to serve his party or his friend. We understand that the funeral will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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DEATH OF SIR ROBERT DOUGLAS., Wanganui Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 5295, 28 February 1884

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DEATH OF SIR ROBERT DOUGLAS. Wanganui Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 5295, 28 February 1884