The Ready Memorials
Before Rev William Ready became the minister of Kaiapoi Methodist he was a New Zealand Army chaplain from December 1916 until October 1917. He travelled overseas on the hospital ship ‘Maheno’ twice before moving to take up the job at Kaiapoi Methodist.
His eldest son, William Harold Ready served from October 1916 until May 1919. His highest rank was Second Lieutenant and he also served in the Territorials after the war. He was wounded in the right leg at the Somme on 16 April 1918 and returned to New Zealand on the hospital ship ‘Marama’ in September 1918.
Rev Ready’s second son Wilfred Luxton Ready enlisted in October 1914 and was discharged as unfit for service in 1917 due to illness. He returned to New Zealand on the hospital ship ‘Maheno’ in August 1917. His medals include the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
The third son Robert Gordon Ready enlisted in November 1915. He was recorded as ‘missing believed killed’ after the battle of Messines June 1917. He also received the British War Medal and Victory Medal. It is this son that Rev Ready memorialised with a plaque at the Kaiapoi parsonage.
We can only imagine the feelings of the Rev Ready’s wife Fannie (nee. Luxton) having all three sons and her husband serving at the same time. Rev Ready’s time at Kaiapoi Methodist was brief but he and all three sons are commemorated on the Honours Board at the back of the current church.
The plaque for Robert Gordon Ready will be reinstated in a suitable place when the new parsonage is built.
[Thanks to Waimarama Consulting for the information provided]