Hedgehope memorial church

Plaque with writing inlaid at the bottom of a church building

On 20 May 1923, the newly built  Presbyterian church at Hedgehope was dedicated as a memorial to the men of the district who had given their lives during the Great War. The service was taken by the Reverend H.G. Gilbert of Invercargill, who had himself served as a chaplain during the war. A marble tablet inscribed "At the coming down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them" was installed outside the church. On 9 December 1923 a roll of honour listing both the community's dead and those who served was also unveiled in the church porch.  

The church was decommissioned in 2002. It was sold for private use in 2021.

See:  'Church news and notes', Southland Times, 19/5/1923, p. 8 ; 'Church news and notes', Southland Times, 26/5/1923, p. 7; 'Church news and notes'Southland Times, 15/12/1923, p. 8. There is a photo of the church's memorial tablet and two rolls of honour that are held in the nearby Hedgehope-Glencoe Community Centre on the Southand War Memorials Database.

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