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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2015.x.162 2015-06-25T00:00:00.000Z 1 2018-05-15T06:20:11.108Z 60 sweethearts/wars Naval sweetheart brooch [WW1] Part of collection associated with Lieut. Cdr William Edward Sanders VC, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Aucklander, William Edward Sanders initially went to sea on coastal ships around New Zealand. When war broke out he went to England and joined the Royal Naval Reserve as a Sub-Lieutenant in April 1916. He served on "Q-ships" which looked like inoffensive sailing vessels but were heavily armed with hidden guns. Their task was to lure German submarines to the surface. 12 February 1917 , Sanders commanded HMS "Prize", which in a successful action in April 1917 destroyed a German submarine. After the battle he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and awarded the Victoria Cross. Two months later he was involved in another action for which he won a DSO (Distinguished Service Order). On August 14, 1917 the "Prize" was torpedoed and sunk by a German Submarine (U-boat 48). All lives were were lost. Naval sweetheart brooch [WW1] material: gilt and enamel form: shield with crown above and initials GR superimposed on ship's steering wheel; blue enamel on shield and wheel and red detailing on crown fastening: brooch pin fastening verso brooch, sweetheart
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