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Window to history
Window to history
Voices of the First World War

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.

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