Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


537502

Regiment:


London Regiment

Unit:

2/15th Battalion

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

West Hampstead, London

Occupation:

Accountant's Clerk

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

Frederick Henry Hazell

Name of siblings:

George Albert; Clara May

Name(s) of children:

Died:

No

Date of birth:

16/08/1899

Place of enlistment:

Central London Recruiting Office, Whitehall

Event:

France; Home

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Clara Hazell, nee Billing

Name of spouse:

Marion May Hazell nee Forrester

Address:

Enlistment- 8 Nicholay Road, Upper Holloway

Biography:

Frederick Robert William Hazell, born in 1899, was one of the younger soldiers from New Court Chapel who served in the war. He was the eldest son of Frederick Henry Hazell and his wife Clara, nee Billing. The family lived at 8 Nicholay Road in Upper Holloway, with a period, including when the 1911 census was taken, living in Aston New Town in Birmingham.

Before the war Frederick was an accountant’s clerk. His Attestation papers are dated 10 July 1917 when he joined the 2nd Unit of the 15th Battalion of the London Regiment as an Army Reservist Private at the age of 17 years and 11 months. In March 1918 he was sent papers requiring him to report to the Central London Recruiting Office in Whitehall to ‘rejoin for service with the Colours’, and he was Mobilised on 23 March. He was posted to the regiment on 3 April and sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force on 3 September. He served in France for just one month as he suffered a gunshot wound in his left chest and left knee. He was discharged on 17 January 1919 as ‘No longer physically fit for war service.’ However, there is no record of a disability pension so perhaps Frederick’s injuries were not too severe.

In May 1919 Frederick was sent a Silver War Badge and Certificate in respect of his service with the London Regiment. The Silver War Badge was awarded to military personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness, often, as in Frederick’s case, under Paragraph 392, Section xvi of the King’s Regulations. It was instituted in 1916 as an award of ‘King’s silver’ for having been wounded in the course of duty, but because the badge was worn on a civilian jacket it later also served as an attempt to discourage the growing harassment of men whose injuries rendered them unfit to serve, but who did not appear disabled. The round silver badge bears the royal cipher ‘GRI’ (Georgius Rex Imperator: George, King and Emperor) and around the rim ‘For King and Empire – Services Rendered’. Each badge was uniquely numbered on the reverse; Frederick’s badge was B258099. In October 1921 Frederick, along with thousands of others, received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.