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KEITH/SANDERS [V.C. winner Lt Cmdr Wm Ed. SANDERS memorial]/SCHISCHKA grave | by SandyEm
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KEITH/SANDERS [V.C. winner Lt Cmdr Wm Ed. SANDERS memorial]/SCHISCHKA grave

In loving memory of


Who died 4th June 1916 aged 54 years

At rest


Also of our dear brother


William Edward SANDERS V.C., D.S.0., R.N.R. Master Mariner

who was killed in action with an enemy ship

August 14th 1917 aged 34 years

The path of honour is the road to glory.




BRILLIANT NAVAL CAREER, Private advice was received by Mr E. H. C. Sanders, of Takapuna, that his son, Lieutenant-Commander William Edward Sanders, V.C., had been killed in the North Sea. No details of the casualty were given. Lieutenant-Commander Sanders, who was the second Aucklander to be awarded a V.C. in the present war, was born 35 years ago. After passing through the Nelson Street school be commenced a sea career on the small steamer Kapanui, engaged in coastal trade from Auckland. Next he joined the Government steamer Hinemoa, passing from her to the Craig Line of sailing vessels. He was first mate of the Joseph Craig when she was wrecked on the Kaipara Bar, the entire crew having, a narrow escape from death. Proceeding to Sydney he passed for extra master, and joined the Union Steam Ship Company. He served for about a year with the Union Line on the Willochra and the Tofua. Mr Sanders, offered his services to the Admiralty on the outbreak of war, but was not called upon for service for 18 months. Proceeding to England, he was appointed to a warship as sub-lieutenant. Promotion to the rank of lieutenant-commander came quickly, and he was twice recommended or distinction while serving on a fast patrol vessel. On February 15, 1917, he was given command of a patrol boat, and at the end of June came the announcement of the award of the Victoria Cross, Lieutenant-Commander Sanders thus being the first New Zealander to gain as a naval officer, the highest British decoration for gallantry and devotion to duty. Letters received show that the late officer had been engaged in a number of minor operations, for several of which he was recommended for decoration and for promotion. Writing on May 10 of this year, he said : — "I can give you no names, but it will give you some idea when I t tell you we were only 80 yards apart; We "were badly holed, and our internal fittings are all smashed up, but the enemy is no more.'' In the last letter received by his parents, Lieutenant-Commander Sanders stated that he had had another strenuous time, having gone for five weeks without taking off his clothes. [1]


Sanders Memorial Cup, Sanders Cup (cup and sailing competition in commemoration) [2]


His Cenotaph record with portrait:





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Taken on February 7, 2010