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THE HAGERTY MEMORIAL

Unveiled at Timaru Tributes to a Dead Soldier- Boxer. "Jimmy" Hagerty, as his friends called him m life, or Private James Hagerty, as he will be found m the official records, is going: to live for ever. At any rate the memory of a clean-living, gentlemanly little fellow, a boxer, and a champion, too, a footballer, and a soldier, who gave his life for his country, is to be kept greenfor the generations to come. On Tuesday afternoon of last week, at the Timaru Hospital, a marble memorial tablet was unveiled, which bore the following inscription: Erected by his many friends throughout the Dominion m memory af the lat« Trooper J. Hagerty, who was killed at the Dardanelles on August 27, 1915. Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for King and Country. Timaru, 17th October, 1916. The unveiling of the memorial took place before a large gathering, the Mayor of Timaru (Mr. E. R. Guinness), Mr. J. Cralgie, member of Parliament for the district, and other representatives being present. All the members of the Hagerty family were present, with the exception of the widowed mother of Jimmy, and his sister, Mrs. Tilly, of Wellington. Their absence was due to the late arrival at Lyttelton of the vessel from Wellington, which prevented the mother and sister from connecting with the first train from Christchurch. Before relating what took place at the unveiling, "The Second" thinks it fitting to remark that it is just possible that Jimmy Hagerty*s memory would not have been perpetuated, as it is to be, had it not been for the activity of a body of Timaru sports, the chairman of which was Mr. C. Sutherland, and the secretary, Mr. Walter A. Pearson. The latter gentleman worked very hard m further promoting the idea of a Hagerty Me* mortal Fund, and it is due to him to say that had Mr. Pearson not thrown his heart and soul into the movement it would not have proved successful. The success which attended the efforts of the committee must be very gratifying to all concerned. Incidentally, "The Second" m accepting the thanks of the committee to "Truth" for the part it played m furthering the scheme, merely wishes to say that the object was a worthy one, and as such had the sympathy of "Truth." Furthermore, this paper has been asked to express the thanks of the committee to Mr. O. Wise, of Oamaru, the Greymouth Boxing Association, and the Jockey boys of New Zealand, and all who contributed to the Memorial Fund. Incidentally "The Second" also wishes to express the sympathy of the boxing community to Mr. Bennetts, of the Washdyke, Dunedln, on the loss of his son. Corporal Norman E. Bennetts, who fell fighting m France. As remarked 1a these columns last issue, Norman sent his "bit" along from Egypt for the Hagerty Fund. It was a crisp, new English £1 treasury note. Norman Bennetts and Jimmy Hugerty wore mates. They were boxers, and members of the* same football club, vis., the Zlngari, which, by the way, has close on 100 of its members abroad on active service. In addition to the erection of a marble tablet, a cot. "The Hagerty Cot" has been placed m the hospital. There is a balance of £127 2s Id. which has been handed to the South Canterbury Charitable Aid and Hospital Board, and this sum has been invested m war certificates. At the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. C. Sutherland, chairman of the Hagerty Memorial Commltte, before asking Mia* N. Guinneßß to unveil the tablet, said that the feelings of all on this occasion were , not pleasant. To many, Trooper I I Hagerty was a stranger, to many ho < ' was a personal friend, and those who j ' knew him, admired him as a straightforward young man and a clean boxer i and sport. He had boxftd In the ring ! m Timaru and elsewhere m Now ZeaI land, and fought for tho amusement lof many. Later he had fought for the protection of all, and had died doing I his duty. Such v memorial as a tablet i ana cot, would do much to perpetuate j the memory of this popular young fellow. It was the wish of Trooper Hagorty's mother that the memorial j ; should take the form of a tablet ! and cot. which would be for the use of returned floldiers, He expressed tho houu that the cot would be little used by the men who would return. Some people had expressed the opinion Hint Home memorial should bo erected to the memory of other men who had fallen at tho Front, as well as Trooper Hugerty, At the present time It woa Impossible to do this, but when the war wa« over he earnestly hoped that n national memorial would be erected. Perhaps In the capital city, In memory of Now Zealand's brave soldiers who had fallen at tho front. Mr. Sutherland then called on Miss N. Guinness, who unveiled the tablet which Is erected over the cot. The Mayor expressed his pleasure at being Invited to bo present at the unvetllng of tho t«blt<t. Though the occasion wag tinned with endnetw. alill It was perhaps a source of pride to the relatives of tho fallen soldier that such a monument had been ereoted to perpetuate hl» memory. Ho had known Trooper Hagony, and had »«<sn him In the boxing Hn«r, and when tho«o who Know him well called him an honorable. olean-Hvinff man u»d «oldl«>r he could heartily «mlorv« th«?ir remarks. Ho had b«on prc««?nl at tho farewell to t ho iroopa when Trooper Hagerty left for cump, and a« a proof of the estoom m which iho lute soldier had Uuen hold the men carried him shoulder hltrh alone the platform. Mr. Crnlgle wild he attended the fituctlun, not only »» n member for the dititricl, but aa it rvprca&iitullvo of tho Zingari Footbail Club, for which Ttoonwr Hagttrty hud played. Ho hrt'l not known htm, but always heard him spoken of tut a clean sport, an example of manHnejw and a gentleman, and hi* Rood example had had a beneficial InJhience on the youth of Timaru. He had learned that one of Trooper Unaoriy's moat nmobllnj? ciuallileA w«u» that ho r*»v<*r«»tl hi* mother. Ho ri*alinittl fully that of nit people tlwu'rvln« of low it wa* the mothttr. In il»I» yrcat war »h« men were not the* only on»»« who innJo great sacrifice*, The mothers of tho «vmniry had miuto v fc'ucriflco equivalent to the supremo Krtcrlflet* l»y .giving.. up their tntu» to rtk-ht (or Cli« pri-jtorvnUon of iht» Krnpir«». Many iwtn had »«»»»<? from Timam sr.tl many had laid down Uu-lr Itvr*. Ho I-.ojmmJ Ihat th«i vnerltfre wquUl »v» be In vain. (Speaking; on ihft proijrass of the war. Mr. Cr&Jgi* sold thai ihc

! outlook was favorable, but no one could say when peace would come. Britain would accept no patched-up peace,. but peace on her own terms. Till then the people must resolve to do their best to maintain truth and righteousness. Mr. F. R. Gillingham, chairman of the Hospital Board, said the cot had been formally handed over to the care of the South Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board. On behalf of the Board he said he appreciated the honor very much. He had not been acquainted with the late Trooper Hagerty. but considered that he was typical of the majority of young men who had. gone from Tlmaru, and who had made a splendid name for themselves. He had done his best and had died, nobly while "doing his bit" for King and country. The balance .of the subscriptions after paying for the cot amounted to £127 2s, and this had been handed unconditionally to the Hospital Board. Chaplain-Captain King said that when the war broke out the enemies Of Britain wer« undar. the mistaken impression that' the manhood of tho Empire had degenerated, as they appeared to be spending most of thoir time m pursuit' of 'sport, "and sp"ort they thought was pleasure-seeking. They had now awakened to the fact that they were mistaken. They had become disillusioned that Great Britain and her dependencies were negligible quantities m the world. Their manhood had nobly responded to the i call, and Britain was* now the | military power m. the ■wprUL One section of the community had done nobly, and that was those associated with sport and pastimes, Shakespeare had said, "The evil men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones." This might be true pathologically speaking. Men sent down ~ through ' generations the evil they committed. The good wrought by men was also transmitted through generations, and thus m future years men would look at this tablet and ask who this man was, m whose memory it was erected, and what good he had done In the world. His example would prove beneficial to the present generation and unlike Shakespeare's words, would bo handed down and not "Interred with his bonea.'< < Mr. W. A. Pearson, secretary of the Hagerty Memorial Committee, endorsed the remarks of former speakers, and Fold that all who had known the late Trooper Hagerty knew him to be a clean sport, honest liver, successful m the boxing ring, and a man who had taken the final "knock-out" blow on Galllpoli like a Britisher and a man. He expressed pleasure at the presence of such a large gathering, and particularly Trooper R. Munro, who had been with Trooper Hegerty to the last. He added that the memorial tablet had been erected by Mr. C. Groves, who also had served In the GalllpoU campaign with Trooper Hagerty, Hv thanked all who had assisted m any way to erect the memorial. The matron and staff of the Hospital afterwards served afternoon tea to all, and a hearty vote of thanks, proposed by Mr. W. Raymond (DeputyMayor), was passed to the Matron and staff.

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THE HAGERTY MEMORIAL, NZ Truth, Issue 593, 28 October 1916

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THE HAGERTY MEMORIAL NZ Truth, Issue 593, 28 October 1916

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