Our village has officially been named in honour of New Zealand’s most highly decorated naval hero – William Sanders.
William, the only New Zealander to be awarded a Victoria Cross in a naval battle, died after his ship, the HMS Prize, was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1917. He was 34 years old.
Described as a man of iron nerves, William was awarded the Victoria Cross for his ‘’conspicuous gallantry, consummate coolness and skill in command’’ while in action. He was also awarded a posthumous Distinguished Service Order.
The name was unveiled at a special event in early October, attended by members of the extended Sanders family, the Royal New Zealand Navy as well as Ryman residents and staff.