Long live The Ferret: Eric Batchelor, Waimate Warrior

CoverNicknamed The Ferret, Eric Batchelor hailed from Waimate, where there is a subdivision named after him. When it opened, according to the ODT, a pipe band performed a song written in his honour – Waimate Warrior. This dairy owner and odd jobs man was one of our most decorated war heroes.

Lots will be said about him in the coming days, and a TV programme has been made.

Here at the library, we have a version of his war experiences told in his own words. Might be worth a read.

One thought on “Long live The Ferret: Eric Batchelor, Waimate Warrior

  1. Pat McCardle 5 August 2010 / 6:56 am

    A true warrior indeed. What sacrifices the young fellas of New Zealand & the rest of the Commonwealth gave Great Britain should never be forgotten. Unfortunately all previous Governments of GB have totally fogotten those sacrifices & left us doomed in Europe. Rest easy Warrior you are now reunited with some of your ‘Coasters’.

    R.I.P.

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