20 Apr 2020

Monday 20 April 2020

ANZAC Day also marks the anniversary of the dedication of a building considered the heart of the College campus: the Memorial Chapel.

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Though this year we will not gather in the Memorial Chapel for our traditional ANZAC Day service, the King's community will see the building in all its glory in this Saturday's online service

Designed by Old Collegian Richard Atkinson Abbott, the Memorial Chapel was dedicated on ANZAC Day 1925 to honour the fallen and remind future generations of their sacrifice.

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The Chapel’s foundation stone, laid in 1922, is in memory of the Old Collegians killed in action in World War I – a tally of 104. The stone is joined by a plaque in remembrance of the three Old Collegians who died in the South African War.

Later, in 1950, a second stone was unveiled in remembrance of the Old Collegians that gave their lives in World War II – this time, 102.

At the time of its dedication the Chapel had six memorial stained-glass windows, a number which has been added to by bequest or donation over time.

The designer of the windows, A. L. Ward of Ladbroke Grove, London, worked on them from 1922 to 1926. They are dedicated to those who gave their lives. 

Visit the King's College Archives to view our collection of scanned negatives of photos of the Memorial Chapel.

Join us in remembering these Old Collegians and commemorating the service of all New Zealanders who have served for our country this Saturday, when we share our traditional ANZAC Day service online.