St John's Church memorials, Ōhau

View of brightly coloured stained glass window with religious figures on three panels

St John's Anglican Church, Ōhau, has two war memorial items: a three-light stained glass memorial window and a congregational roll of honour for both world wars.

The stained glass window was unveiled on 9 October 1921. It was donated by John and Grace Kebbell in memory of their son John, who died at Gallipoli, and their two daughters, Katherine and Dorothy, who had died in an earlier tragedy. The dedication reads: "To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Sergt. John Randall St. John Kebbell, Sixth Wellington Mounted Rifles, died at Gallipoli, 30th May, 1915, from wounds received in action, aged 22 years, also of Katherine Mary, aged 11 years, and Dorothy Anne, aged 10 years, drowned in the Ohau River, 22nd January, 1890, children of John and Mary Grace Kebbell".

The church's roll of honour, unveiled after the Second World War, is an oaken tablet which lists the names of 15 men who served in the First World War and 39 who served in the Second World War.

See: 'A memorial window', Manawatu Herald, 20/10/1921, p. 2; Linda Fletcher, Horowhenua and the Great War, 1914-1918, Levin, 2014, pp. 46, 161.

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