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SPORT AND THE WAR.

At the annual meeting of the Melbourne Crickei Club, the President, in moving the adoption of the report and financial statement, said that all interests arising from sports were very ■ properly put in the background by the greater consideration of the war. The committee had endeavored to direct as much as possible of their* Energy to patriotic work. The duty of the qlub members at this juncture was not to honor those who had excelled upon the field of sport, but to honor'those who had served, and were serving, their country. (Applause). Members of the M.C.C. were doing their share. (Hear, hear). Already nearly 400 members were on active service. (Applause). Of thJßse 21 had lost their lives in battle^ The names of these members were at' present recorded on paper, but it was intended at the proper time to erect a lasting memorial in the form of a roll of. honor to these members in the pavilion on the M.O. ground. (Hear, hear). The ground was being used by two city rifle clubs for drilling purposes, and was available to the Defence authorities ''for whatever purpose they • might require to use (Hear, hear), i The committee and every member of [the. club regretted exceedingly the k.'death m action of Corporal A. M. ! "Pearce. whom they all knew as "Joe" j 'Pearce, and who was one of the most i popular and manly of sportsmen. (Hear, hear). ' , •,..It was decided to forward to the members on active service the greetings of the annual meeting. General regret was expressed in Auckland (say 6 the Auckland Weekly) i on Saturday when the death in action of Sergeant A.J. ("Doolan") Downping was announced.■;■. He made a host Ipf friends during his residence, here, I and was looked upon'as one of the best 'of the, Dominion's excellent array of j forwards. He was a member of the I Marist Brothers Old Boys? Clubs of both Auckland and Napier; he represented both Auckland, and Hawke's 1 Bay Unions, played in. the North Js- '. land team, ,and Visited California asa ' member of the New Zealand represent tative team. As late as June 5 Downing played here" as a member of the Trentham team, which took part in a patriotic match against the Auckland representatives. Downing was a fine type of man. -Physically a giant and one of the hardest-playing of the All Black vanguard, he was, .withal, the most genial of.' companions, and his cheerfulness 'will live long in the meriiory of those who knew him. On j Saturday Mr M. J. Sheahan, chairman or *h« ...Auckland Rugby * Union, wired jto his pai*i?nts_ as follows: "Please accept A deepest ey^athy from A T R.U. andLnlayers on the death of your ,'chivalrous"son'" •' /. '■"" '""--.-'..- Subscriptions for the Anthony'F..-. Wilt 1 in;*; Memorial Fund; have ; been coming in very well (sa-ysan exchange), over £35 having been received to date. The object of the fund, however, does not seem to altogether to be realised. This is, Ithafc a large number of individual subscribers and admirers of the late champion should each contribute a small amount, rather than that, as is at present the case, a small number of contributors should send large sums. , It is desired to make the memorial representative of all classes \of tennis players in the community. Figuring, in this week's casualty lists, wounded in the leg is H. V. Walton, well known in New Zealand hockey, circles, and late selector of the Wellington Association. W. J. Organ, ; late chairman of tlie same association, and also one of Wellington's late selectors, is in camp at Trentham with the ninth reinforcements.

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SPORT AND THE WAR., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXIX, Issue LXIX, 25 September 1915

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SPORT AND THE WAR. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXIX, Issue LXIX, 25 September 1915

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