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The stained glass window commemorates Stanley Robert Callaghan, Clive William Davies, Ross Carter Pedriau and Albert Reid; members of the Methodist congregation who died in service or were killed in action during World War One.

The window was part of the original Methodist Church which has been demolished. The window was extensively repaired and reconstructed in 1987 as a tribute from Mr & Mrs R.S. Callaghan.

Gordon Methodists on Sunday last dedicated the memorial organ and unveiled two memorial windows. The church overflowed until it filled the vestries and porch. A deep sense of worship prevailed everywhere.

Col. C.A. Callaghan Dedicates a Window
It is very fitting indeed that today we are able to memorialise in our church the men of the congregation who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War, 1914-1918. In answering the call of King and Comrades in those stirring and troublous times, they went forth to engage in no militaristic enterprise, but in a fight that has justly been called the fight of right against might. They knew full well what that service would entail, but with a wonderful spirit of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty, they endured hardships and dangers, that words can never adequately describe.

Notwithstanding their untimely death the memory of the men of whom we are specially thinking today can never fade. They were loved and respected by all with whom they came in contact. And it should ever be that we remember the soldiers who passed away in the Great War, and on occasions such as this, and on many other occasions in the years to come, we will honour their memory, and while remembering them, we will also remember what that great conflict means to the towns from which they came, a time of intense anxiety, which, while experienced, can never be expressed. Our window fittingly memorialises the men of whom we are thinking today, to each one of whom families in the church were very closely related. St. George is represented as a Red Cross Knight; typifying the spirit of Christianity, he is being crownned for his victory over the dragon, which is emblematic of the victory of holiness, over sin. "Greater love hath no man, than that he should lay down his life for another. This window is unveiled in loving memory of Stanley Robert Callaghan, Clive William Davies, Ross Carter Perdriau, and Albert Reid, members of this church, who  gave their lives during The Great War."
The Methodist (Sydney, NSW), 9 July 1927.


Address:Cecil Street & Pacific Highway, Gordon Uniting Church, Gordon, 2072
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.760631
Long: 151.155126
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 3rd July, 1927
Front Inscription

Greater love hath no man, than that he should lay down his life for another.

This window is unveiled in loving memory of Stanley Robert Callaghan, Clive William Davies, Ross Carter Perdriau, and Albert Reid,

Members of this church, who gave their lives during the Great War

Source: H, MA
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