War Memorials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The consecration plaque for the Church of St Mark the Evangelist, Clayfield indicates that this church is a War Memorial Church. The East Window (above left) contains the coats of arms of the Army, Navy and Air Force as well as of the Red Cross. The window has the following inscription:

“This group of windows is dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of the men and women of this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in world conflicts since 1914 and is a thanks offering from those who cherish the freedom thus ensured by their sacrifice”. Beneath the Cross in the window is a depiction of a fallen soldier, Lt. J.T.Hockin (above right), a former parishioner of St Mark’s.

Also in the church is a Roll of Honour (see below) to those from the parish who served in the First World War. On ANZAC Day and on Remembrance Day we continue to remember those who have made sacrifices in time of war. The following PDF file contains information about the graves and memorial inscriptions of some of those named on the Roll of Honour: War Graves and Memorial Inscription Photos

The following was published in Brisbane Courier, 31 July 1917, p. 7 regarding the original window:

AN ANZAC MEMORIAL

“The stained glass window, which has been placed in St. Mark’s Church, Albion, by the mother and sisters of the late Lieutenant Jack Treverne Hockin, the son of the late Dr. Treverne Hockin, and of Mrs D.Y. Fullerton, of Old Sandgate Road, who fell in action on July 29, 1916, was unveiled and dedicated in the presence of a crowded congregation during the service last Sunday morning, the day being the first anniversary of his death. Before the unveiling an appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. Walter Scott, and Canon Osborn (rector of the church) in a short address pointed out how worthy Lieutenant Hockin was of the honour which was being paid to his memory in placing his memorial window in the centre of the window above the altar of the church… The window represents our Lord hanging upon His cross, and at the foot of the cross lies a wounded Anzac. The window, which was entrusted to Messrs. Exton and Sons, has been greatly admired by all who have seen it”.

Something More About the East Window and about Lt. Jack Hockin:

The central or triptychal section of the East Window is a window from the original St Mark’s Church. A newer section, added when it was transferred into the current church, includes Coats of Arms of the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the Red Cross and a shield of St Mark. The windows (including the smaller north and south windows on either side of the Altar) form a war memorial, the inscription on which reads: “This group of windows is dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of the men and women of this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in world conflicts since 1914 and is a thanks offering from those who cherish the freedom thus ensured by their sacrifice”. The Roll of Honour at the West end of the church lists the names of all those from the parish who served in WW1. The central portion of the East window, depicting Christ Crucified and a fallen soldier at the foot of the Cross, is a memorial to Lt. John (Jack) Treverne Hockin, who died in the first charge at the Battle of Pozieres on 29 July 1916 aged 33 years. Jack Hockin had attended both Brisbane Grammar School and The Southport School. The original window was unveiled and dedicated in the old church on 29 July 1917, the first anniversary of his death.

To mark the centenary of WW1 and the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Hockin, the Band of Brothers Choir of The Southport School visited St Mark’s for our ANZAC Centenary Service (below right). They sang the moving piece Band of Brothers, composed in memory of fallen Old Boys of the school.

The Roll of Honour (below left) was restored and protected in 2015 with ANZAC Centenary Grant funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments and the Brisbane City Council.

The Band of Brothers Choir from The Southport School at St Mark’s for the ANZAC Centenary Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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