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Marmaduke George Nixon

Headstone at the foot of Nixon Memorial, Otahuhu - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone at the foot of Nixon Memorial, Otahuhu - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Marmaduke George AWMM
  • Surname
    Nixon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Local Government/Civilian AWMM
    Member of the House of Representatives for Franklin, 1861-1864 AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Royal Military College, Sandhurst AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • Pre WW1 1831 AWMM
    • Pre WW1 1860 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, New Zealand Wars AWMM
      Wounded 21 February 1864 near Te Awamutu AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Date of birth 1813 or 1814

      Son of Henry Nixon, an army officer, and Elizabeth Browne.

      After serving in the 39th (Dorset's) Regiment of Foot in India, he retired from service in 1851 and emigrated to New Zealand, where he purchased a farm at Tautauroa, near Mangere.

      He was a member of the House of Representatives

      When the First Taranaki War broke out in 1860, Nixon resumed his military career by joining the Auckland Militia and the Royal Volunteer Calvalry as a Lieutenant-Colonel.

      On 21 February, during the attack on a Maori supply base at Rangiawhia, Nixon was shot in the chest. He died of these wounds several months later.

      Cemetery records from Auckland City Libraries appear to be incorrect. The Monument in his honour at the junction of Great South and Mangere Roads, has a note on the bottom of the transferred headstone stating "remains transferred to this site 25 April 1968." AWMM
    • The piece about the Cemetery records appearing to be incorrect is true. I recall his remains being transferred to Otahuhu when the Symonds St Cemetery was cut across during motorway construction.
      I have followed Major Nixons story closely over the years as my late father was born on a farm at the end of Nixon Road, Mangere, which had been owned by Major Nixon up to the time of his death.

      Happy to be contacted if you wish.

      Brian Potter Public - Brian - Researcher - 18 August 2020 - personal recollection and family story
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About death

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  • Death
    27 May 1864 AWMM
    Age 50 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Symonds Street Cemetery, 105 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Nixon Memorial, Great South Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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18 August 2020BrianAucklandResearcher

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