The poignancy of the window isn’t lost on the church’s current vicar.
“There are many Boer War, World War I and World War II memorials in the church,” says Rev. Michael Wallace.
“However the John Allen window stands out; it touches people because of the beautiful design, because of the New Zealand birds in it and because John’s story, of a life so full of promise ending tragically in the trenches, reflects the lives and stories of so many others involved in World War I.”
Sir James died in 1942. Today, a pulpit in his name stands in All Saints’. Like John’s window, it features carvings of native birds.