Nicknamed 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.