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Darfield church memorials


Trinity Church, Darfield, which includes plaques dedicated to people in the district killed in the First and Second World Wars.

The church is made up of three combined churches in Darfield that were demolished about 30 years ago – Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian. A little bit of each church was put into the new one. 

Trinity Church, Darfield, was opened in 1979. It was built on the site of the former Darfield Presbyterian church hall (Calvin Hall), and also replaced the local Darfield Methodist Church and St Andrew's Anglican Church, incorporating features and fixtures from all three. 

War memorial items preserved in the new church included a three-light stained glass window which had been unveiled in St Andrew's Anglican church in July 1921. This was dedicated to the memory of Frank Elworthy Jarman, who died of wounds on Gallipoli on 7 August 1915, and Harry Messlea Jarman, who was killed in France on 25 August 1918. Also transferred from St Andrew's were plaques in remembrance of James Herbert Jarman, who died 'largely as a result of war service' on 22 May 1922, and Dudley Reed, who was killed in action over Mannheim, Germany, on 20 May 1942.

From the Presbyterian church hall came a marble tablet erected in honour of three former members of the congregation: Arthur Henry Mullholland, killed at Gaza, Palestine, on 26 March 1917; Rowland Francis Mulholland, killed at Bapaume, France, on 29 August 1918; and William S. Gillanders, killed in a railway accident in England on 24 September 1917.

Trinity Church is adjacent to the Malvern County war memorial (see Darfield war memorial obelisk) and not far from the former site of the Darfield war memorial hall (see Darfield Memorial Hall).

See: 'The country', Press, 23/7/1921, p. 3; 'One church to replace three', Press, 19/11/1974, p. 16.


Images: Francis Vallance, 2011
Text: Bruce Ringer, 2024

Find out more about the people listed on this memorial from Auckland Museum's Cenotaph database

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