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21-January-2016
21-January-2016

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A stained glass window commemorate soldiers from the Tamworth Methodist Circuit who died in service or were killed in action during World War One. The window has two smaller windows on either side which were the gift of Mr. R. Pryor in memory of his sons who lost their lives in the conflict. 

Two months ago the trustees of the Tamworth Methodist Church decided to perpetuate the memory of the gallant men who went out from the Tamworth Circuit to serve the cause of Empire and humanity in the great war now happily ended. With that end in view arrangements were made for three stained glass memorial windows, two of which were the gift of Mr. R. Pryor, of Winton, to be placed in the front of the Tamworth Methodist Church. It was also decided to place two Maple Honor Boards in the church, on which the names of the 160 men who heard the call of duty should be inscribed. The memorial windows are now completed, and Mr. W. Couldery, artist, of Sydney is to be congratulated on the excellent results. The main window, which is 14 feet x 2 feet 6 inches, has a scroll in the centre, on which are the words, "Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends," and the inscription at the foot reads, "In grateful remembrance of the gallant soldiers of the Tamworth Methodist Circuit who fell in the great war,1914-1918." The trustees purpose placing a brass tablet underneath the window on which the names of the men who fell.

The two smaller windows, 8 feet x 2 feet 6 inches, have been designed in perfect harmony with the larger window, the text on one being "I have fought the good fight," and the inscription, "In memory of Private Walter Pryor, killed in action in France, 8th Feb.,1917. Erected by his loving mother." and on the other, "I have kept the faith," with the inscription "In memory of Lance corporal R. Oliver Pryor, died in England on 10th Nov., 1918. Erected by his loving, mother." The three windows are a very beautiful and permanent way of perpetuating the memory of the men who "went west"  and the Methodists in Tamworth are to be commended on the choice of their form of memorial. The unveiling ceremony will take place in the near future, and it is probable that Chaplain W. Mills Robson, a former minister of the Tamworth Methodist Church, will officiate at this.
Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW),  26 July 1919.


The members and adherents of the Methodist Church will be delighted to hear that their former minister, who went from Tamworth as chaplain to the forces two years ago, Captain Chaplain W. Mills Robson, has consented to conduct the Tamworth Methodist Church anniversary services on Sunday week, morning, afternoon and night. At the afternoon service the memorial windows and honor boards will be unveiled, and it is expected that the church will be all too small to hold the large congregation that will assemble at this important and interesting service. Arrangements are being made for the country services to be held in the morning or evening, in order that all the country friends may be able to attend the afternoon service in Tamworth.
Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW), 2 August 1919.


 

Location

Address:Marius & Bourke Streets, Tamworth Uniting Church, Tamworth, 2340
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.086803
Long: 150.929751
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th August, 1919
Front Inscription

GREATER LOVE
HATH NO MAN
THAN THIS THAT
A MAN LAY
DOWN HIS LIFE
FOR HIS FRIENDS

IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE GALLANT
SOLDIERS OF THE TAMWORTH METHODIST
CIRCUIT WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 

 

Plaque :

              THE ABOVE WINDOW
IS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING

                  [ Names ]

       They Heard The Call Of Duty

 

Source: MA
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