GAVE HIS LIFE
Jimmy Hagerty Killed m Action
New Zealand's Champion Lightweight
(By "The Second.")
Followers of the sport of boxing m New Zealand will experience no great surprise at learning, yet will exceedingly regret to hear, that among the fallen at the Dardanelles is Jimmy. Hagerty, the champion light-weight boxer of New Zealand. It comes as no I surprise to anybody nowadays to learn of the death, let alone the wounding, of some friend or acquaintance, who, hearing his country's call, enlisted and donned khaki, but it does come m the shape of a nasty knock when the death is announced of some young fellow, manly and straight as a die, whose feats m any branch of sport sent him up to the top rung of the ladder of fame. True, it Is such young manly fellows that are expected not to hesitate, and | to rush forward, and as often remarked m the boxing columns of this paper, the boxer, THE BRUTAL PUG" of the wall-eyed wowser, has shown his "brutality" by promptly answering the call for men, and as a result, and perhaps m thorough keeping with the .seriousness of things, we find m this country, more than m any other country, with perhaps the exception of England, that boxing as a sport has ceased to divert the mind from the terrible thoughts engendered by the war. In a word, m New Zealand, it cannot be charged that boxing as a sport has militated against, or retarded recruiting, for the simple reason that every boxer of note is away at the front, and the ROLL OF HONOR OF THE BOXERS is something to be proud of. It is when the roll of honor of boxers from New Zealand who have either been killed or wounded is reviewed that the uncharitable nature of the kill-joy wowser towards the sport of boxing is revealed m all its unchristian spirit The latest addition to the boxer's roll of honor should forever implant m the hearts of the liberal-minded men of
this country a resolute' determination that no matter what the future has In store for this country, the wowser will not be permitted to have things so much his own way, particularly when it comes to the point of depicting boxers as brutes, and the sport of boxing as degrading. The casualty lists of Wednesday morning last conveyed the very unwelcome information that among those killed m action was Trooper James Michael Hagerty, of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, whose next-of-kin was his mother, Ma Eliza Hagerty, 2CO Worcester-street Christchurch. Jimmy was a New Zealand native, 27 years of age, and from a boxing or athletic point of view was about the best and toughest bit of stuff produced In this country for many a day. He early followed the occupation of a Jockey, and met with some success, and It was while a "Jockartcr" that it was discovered that he could nuht In SEVERAL. IMPROMPTU JOCKEY AFFAIRS Jimmy put It over all comers. He was not very big, but what there was of him was solid. His "scrapping" abilities next demonstrated themselves m amateur tournaments, and In duo course he became amateur featherweight champion of the Dominion, and was Just defeated on points by Jack RcatJ for the Australasian championship,' fought at Auckland some years ago. This, however, did not deter him, for we next find him ranking the feather-weight and m turn the lightweight (amateur) champion of Australasia. HLs title was onco seriously disputed by Frank Ellis nt Tlmaru. but lough as Ellis was, he was not la the hunt with the Timaruvlan, a fact Frank has never denied. From the ranks of the amateur, Jimmy turned professional and once only suffered defeat. The best from Australia camo over, but they wero no use to Jimmy, and he sot the seal to his fame over two years ago when ho FOUGHT THAT MEMORABLE DRAW with Hock Keys In tho Wellington Town Hall Such was his quality that tho best Judges agreed that he compared favorably with tho best lightweights In Australia, and this writer never hesitated to declare that had Hagerty gone to Australia, lie would have made mlnce-meat of tlio island continent')* best and woll-boom-dl champions. .fltnmy early volunteered f<>r service ;u Timaru. and It i.s learm-d that he joined General C;«.dley\s stulT as vii orderly, lie wax a good .son m his mother, und thitl lady will have the i on.solation of knonvlmc that Jimmy wan a gentleman by nature, than .she lirought into this worM v hero In the beM Hvnso of Iho wold, auul that he diet] lighting for his country. "The Second" takes this opportunity of exlenttlnK u> Mr«, Hubert y hit* jjymp.uhy •n her UimrvßH. und lil'i pride m claiming acquaintance with "lronbark Jimmy" Hagerty.
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GAVE HIS LIFE, NZ Truth, Issue 536, 25 September 1915
GAVE HIS LIFE NZ Truth, Issue 536, 25 September 1915
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