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In opening tbe conference of pafcri otic societies yesterday (says Friday's "Dominion"), the Minister of Internal Affairs, tbe Hon. G. W. Russell, said that the number of soldiers dispatobed from New Zealand up to January 17 was 81,788. Of these, 1669 bad been killed o- died of wounds, 22 were drowned, 232 died of disease, and 655 are missing, making a total of dead and missing 2628. In addition, 22 are known to be prisoners of war, 5496 have been wounded, and 3642 have re turned to the Dominion. Of this num ber, 416 have been reported as fit to return to active service at the front. '•The Hon. Mr Herdman, who is in charge of the Department for Returned Soldiers, informs me," said the Minis ter, '■ that about 460 bave informed bis department they need no further assistance from tbe State. This may be regarded as very satisfactory. These men have not only shown tbe highest valour and endurance as soldiers, but bave indicated they are prepared to re. sume their civilian employment, and presumably ask nothing from either the State or tbe patriotic sooieties I do not think their decision in this matter should be regarded as final, but; that the door should be left open, so that, at any time the fact of a man bay ing worn khaki at the front; with hon our., should entitle him to preference as rpgardfa public employment—all things being equal— either under tbe State or the local authorities, and also to any assistance wbioh it is possible to give him in tbe furture, either from the State or patriotic societies lem phasise the words 'with honour, , beoause in some cases men have been returned to tbs Dominion under a oloud caused by their own folly, and these must be regarded as having largely forfeited any olaims upon the Dominion or its people.

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NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3524, 22 February 1916

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NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3524, 22 February 1916

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