LEST WE FORGET

War Memorial Church

ANZAC

The church saw a large number of the young men of the parish off to war, many of whom were killed.  In March 1920, a War Memorial Fund was set up, initially to establish a Roll of Honour for those killed, and to fund memorial tiles which were to be laid in the sanctuary. 

An unidentified group photo thought to be taken outside the St Alban's church hall just after the Boer War

The foundation stone  of the

War Memorial Tower reads:

To the Greater Glory of God

Remembering the Dead
Let the Living be Humble 
1914-1918


This stone was laid by 
Alfred Walter Bishop of Auckland 
October 29 1922

After further discussion, the Vestry felt that a more externally visible memorial would be preferable and decided on a War Memorial Tower as a fitting reminder of sacrifice. 

This was completed on April 24, 1924 and dedicated on October 14 of that year.

After the deaths of Henry and Edwin Clark in WWI, the Clark family commissioned the Altar, Reredos and all the sanctuary furnishings for St Alban’s from a large Oak on their farm in memory of their boys.

The Font was gifted to Saint Alban's by the Bailey Family in commemoration of their sons.

The inscription reads :

"Sargent Henry Irwin Bailey

February 28 1917 aged 25 years

Lieut: Allan Richard Bailey

June 15 1917 aged 25 years

Killed in action in France

they gave their lives for

King + Country + Honour"

“With the end of the war, many new memorials appeared in the recently completed church: the credence table and bishop’s chair in the sanctuary and other items such as the processional cross, the litany desk, and clergy stalls in the chancel” – excerpt from St Alban’s, Balmoral, Auckland 1886-1986  Ed. Deirdre Parr.

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War memorial in the church

There are other memorials around the walls and on our pew ends

this one remembers those who gave their lives in the second world war.

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ANZAC poppies in the church