ARTHUR WALTER HAZELL

 

 

Born: 16th May 1876, Ipswich.

Died: 12th April 1915; age 39; Killed by explosion at Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Residence: 7, Albert Street, Woolwich, Kent.

Occupation: Blacksmith’s Striker.

Enlistment: Location: Chatham; Signed up 16th May 1894 for 12 years. Height 5ft 4 1/2ins, Height at 18 years 5ft 6ins, dark complexion, hazel eyes & dark brown hair. Tattoo H.G.÷ A.H.÷ on left forearm.

 

Service:

Impregnable – Boy 2nd Class – 1st February 1892 – 9th February 1892

Ganges – Boy 2nd Class – 10th February 1892

Ganges – Boy 1st Class – 2nd March 1893 – 30th March 1893

Impregnable – Boy 1st Class – 31st March 1893 – 1st August 1893

Boscawen – Boy 1st Class – 2nd August 1893 – 4th September 1893

Pembroke – Boy 1st Class – 5th September 1893 – 9th October 1893

Ruby – Boy 1st Class – 10th Octobver 1893

Ruby – Ordinary Seaman – 16th May 1894 – 18th May 1894

Pembroke – Ordinary Seaman – 19th May 1894 – 20th September 1894

Repulse – Ordinary Seaman – 21st September 1894 – 30th October 1895

Pembroke I – Ordinary Seaman – 31st October 1895 – 18th November 1895

Immortalite – Ordinary Seaman – 19th November 1895

Immortalite – Able Seaman – 1st June 1896 – 7th July 1899

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 8th July 1899 – 9th January 1900

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 10th January 1900 – 31st October 1900

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 1st November 1900 – 6th December 1900

Empress of India – Able Seaman – 7th December 1900

Caesar – Able Seaman – 14th September 1901

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 7th October 1903 – 26th January 1904

////// – Able Seaman – 27th January 1904 – 25th May 1904

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 26th May 1904 – 25th October 1904

Fisgard – Able Seaman – 26th October 1905 – 7th February 1905

Sapphire II – Able Seaman – 8th February 1905 – 4th October 1905

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 5th October 1905 – 20th October 1905 – Shore for Royal Fleet Reserve.

 

Joined Royal Fleet Reserve – Chatham – 21st October 1905 – re-emrolled 1st October 1910 – to serve till 20th October 1915.

 

Aboukir – Able Seaman – 2nd August 1914 – 22nd September 1914 – Arthur survived the sinking of Aboukir, which was torpedoed by the German submarine U-9.

Cyclops II – Able Seaman – 23rd September 1914 – 31st December 1914

Eider – Able Seaman – 1st January 1915 – 12th April 1915.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 165305 (R.F.R., Ch.B.3400) H.M. Trawler ‘Eider’.

 

Grave Reference:

6th Terrace Lower Side. 25.

Lerwick New Cemetery,

Nabb,

Lerwick,

Shetland Islands.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Louisa Hazell, 7, Albert Street, Woolwich, Kent.

 

CENSUS

 

1881  27, Albion Street, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 5 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

James Hazell, 36, an Iron Fitter – Foundry, born Ipswich.

Emma Louisa Hazell (nee Last), 32, born Ipswich.

James Alfred Last, 15, a Labourer – Foundry, born Ipswich.

William Hazell, 10, born Ipswich.

John Hazell, 18 months, born Ipswich – 1887, Ipswich.

 

1891   7, Unity Street, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 14 years old, a Bricklayer’s Labourer. He was living with his parents, siblings & maternal uncle.

James, 46, an Engine Fitter – Iron Foundry.

Louisa, 40.

William, 20, a Bricklayer’s Labourer.

Eliza Hazell, 9, born Ipswich.

‘Nelly’ Ellen Hazell, 8, born Ipswich.

James Hazell, 5, born Ipswich.

George Alfred Hazell, 3, born Ipswich.

Edward Last, 40, born Ipswich.

 

1911   Deptford St. Nicholas, London.

 

Arthur was 33 years old,  an Able Seaman and a member of the crew on board the steamship ‘Cheviot’ of Newcastle – Home Trade. master William Henderson. ‘Cheviot’ had docked at Victoria Yard Deptford – 27th march 1911.

 

In 1912, Woolwich, London, Arthur married Louisa Webb, born December 1891, Bermondsey, London.

 

12th April 1915  

A fire broke out at Robertson’s Net Store, on the Alexander Wharf. The fire spread to the adjoining building where Naval munitions were stored. The volume of the explosion practically blew away the store, masonry and concrete were destroyed. Arthur was 1 of 7 men killed, 12 were injured.

 

22nd September 1914 Arthur was rescued from H.M.S Aboukir:

On the morning of 22 September, Cressy and her sisters, Aboukir & Hogue, were on patrol without any escorting destroyers as these had been forced to seek shelter from bad weather. The three sisters were steaming in line abreast about 2,000 yards (1,800 m) apart at a speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph). They were not expecting submarine attack, but had lookouts posted and one gun manned on each side to attack any submarines sighted. The weather had moderated earlier that morning and Tyrwhitt was en route to reinforce the cruisers with eight destroyers. U-9, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen, had been ordered to attack British transports at Ostend, but had been forced to dive and take shelter from the storm. On surfacing, she spotted the British ships and moved to attack. She fired one torpedo at 06:20 at Aboukir which struck her on the starboard side; the ship’s Captain thought he had struck a mine and ordered the other two ships to close to transfer his wounded men. Aboukir quickly began listing and capsized around 06:55. Hogue was struck by two torpedoes around 06:55. The sudden weight loss of the two torpedoes caused U-9 to broach the surface and Hogue’s gunners opened fire without effect before the submarine could submerge again. The cruiser capsized about ten minutes after being torpedoed and sank at 07:15. Cressy attempted to ram the submarine, but did not succeed and resumed her rescue efforts until she too was torpedoed at 07:20. Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen had fired two torpedoes from his stern tubes, but only one hit. U-9 had to manoeuvre to bring her bow around with her last torpedo and fired it at a range of about 550 yards (500 m) at 07:30. The torpedo struck on the port side and ruptured several boilers, scalding the men in the compartment. As her sisters had done, Cressy took on a heavy list and then capsized before sinking at 07:55. Several Dutch ships began rescuing survivors at 08:30 and were joined by British fishing trawlers before Tyrwhitt and his ships arrived at 10:45. From all three ships 837 men were rescued and 62 officers and 1,397 enlisted men lost: 560 of those lost were from Cressy.

Ipswich men lost  :

Robert Abbott
H.M.S Cressy
Able Seaman age 29
Alfred Edward Barber
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Charles Valentine Garrod
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Reuben John Sewell
H.M.S. ‘Hogue’
Petty Officer age 30
Charles Alfred Larking
H.M.S. ‘Cressy’
Able Seaman age 33

 

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