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HE KEPT HIS WORD.

Jimmy Hagerty a True Comrade.

There has just, returned to, Tlmaru, on furlough from the Dardanelles, a wounded soldier named H. Munro, who luis had something to say about brave little Jimmy Hagerty, the cluimplon lightweight of New Zealand, and who, m "The Second's" opinion, was as good, if not' superior, to any of the stay-at-home lightweight cracks ot Australia, who are just now well m the money.

When Munro was -wounded one of his nearest comrades was Jimmy Hagerty, L"HI the wounded soldier requested (it >tit have been his last request) that

, • ijcerty should get Munro's hold-all, vhlch was m his vallso two miles away. Jimmy promised that his comrade's request should be fulfilled, and Munro, seriously wounded, .was taken oft! to a hospital shi)j. Next, Munro learned that poor, bravo Jimmy was killeti, and concluded that there was little, if any, hope.of ,hta hold-all being recovered. But it speaks a great deal for l-}ag-erty's comradeship, and particularly as a boxer, the class of -Individual the wretched wowser m New Zealand lias always cruelly maligned, that ho did not forget hie promise to Munro.

Private V. Wilson, who has just returned to Tlmnru from the Peninsula, has brought back Munro's hold-all, and a letter written by llagerty. The letter was written on August 18, and it is sad to relate that tlie following day Jimmy's life was sacrificed. The letter runs: —

Dear Friend,— This hold-all was given to me by Hob Munro to hold for him until wo mot again. In case anything happened to him I urn, if possible, to send; it to his mother. 'It, by any .chance, lam knocked out, would the Under of it, if possible, send It as ) have been asked? Trusting It will not put tho Under to any inconvenience, '-viul also doing a fellow -comrade a good turn. — I am, yours 'Sincerely, TROOPER J JIAGBHTY, Sth S.C.M.R.

It was only a small thing,' though a 'difficult one, that he was naked to do, but Trooper licigerty made every possible 'effort to carry out whut might lmvo been his friend's lust request. Trooper Muiiro happily hus been spared to learn tlio story or hin .t'onmide's nobly ' uetloii, and lit now rejoices .'hi the possession or v letter which he will treasure ull hin lift*.

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HE KEPT HIS WORD., NZ Truth, Issue 553, 22 January 1916

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HE KEPT HIS WORD. NZ Truth, Issue 553, 22 January 1916

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