HAZLITT, Richard

Service Number: 912
Enlisted: 17 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Burwood, New South Wales, Australia, December 1893
Home Town: Brunswick, Harvey, Western Australia
Schooling: Haileybury College, Victoria, Australia & Hawkesbury Agriculture College, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Wounds, 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England , United Kingdom, 21 September 1916
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Cambridge Borough Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 3401), Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England, Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brunswick Junction War Memorial, Brunswick Juntion Memorial Hall Honour Roll, Haileybury College HB, Richmond University of Western Sydney WW1 Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 912, 11th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, SN 912, 11th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, SN 912, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
14 Jul 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 912, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, SW to knee
6 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 11th Infantry Battalion
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
1 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
26 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
3 Sep 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 912, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1), Mouquet Farm, GSW to abdomen, left leg & forearm. DoW 21/9/1916

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of James Wood and Louise Summerhayes Hazlitt, of 254, Dandenong Rd., St. Kilda, Victoria

Richard enlisted on 12th September 1914 in West Australia and joined the 3rd Infantry Brigade which took part in the landing at Gallipoli, where he was wounded. He also served in Egypt, afterwards proceeded to the Western Front where he saw service in Belgium and France, and after attaining the rank of Sergeant, was killed at Pozieres on 21st September 1916.  He left school in 1911, and took up Agricultural pursuits.  He was a fine cricketer and footballer, and was a member of the Champion eleven of 1911.  In cricket he was a good batsman and a slow bowler; in football he was famous as a high marker and a reliable half-forward.

HAZLITT.—Died of wounds, at 1st Eastern General Hospital, after two years' service, Sergeant Richard Hazlitt, loved second son of J. W. Hazlitt, Sydney, nephew of Mrs. T. R. Tweeddale, Mrs. R. Meldrum, A. and E. Hanna, and brother of Mrs. D. Fraser, aged 22 years.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 21st September.....Sergeant Richard Hazlitt was born at Burwood, Sydney, NSW around 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 7th September, 1914 as a 20 year old Farmer from State Farm, Brunswick, Western Australia.

Private Hazlitt embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Ascanius (A11) on 31st October, 1914 and anchored for two days before sailing on 2nd November, 1914 with the 11th Infantry Battalion, “H” Company. He then embarked on HMT Suffolk from Alexandria on 2nd March, 1915 to join M.E.F. (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) at Gallipoli Peninsula.

Private Richard Hazlitt was wounded in action at Dardanelles on 6th August, 1915 with shrapnel wounds to knee. He was transferred to Mudros & hospitalised at Heliopolis & rejoined his Unit on 19th November, 1915.

Private Hazlitt was appointed Lance Corporal on 6th February, 1916. He was transferred to 51st Battalion on 29th February, 1916 then promoted to Corporal on 24th March, 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir.

Corporal Hazlitt proceeded to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) from Alexandria on 5th June, 1916. He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 12th June, 1916. He was promoted to Sergeant on 18th August, 1916.

Sergeant Richard Hazlitt was wounded in action in France on 3rd September, 1916 with gunshot wounds to abdomen, left leg & forearm. From the War Diary of 51st Battalion – they were involved in Battalion Operations at Mouquet Farm between 1st September & 4th September, 1916. He was invalided to England on Hospital Ship St David on 5th September, 1916 & admitted to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire on the same day.

Sergeant Richard Hazlitt died on 21st September, 1916 at 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England from gsw to leg (right leg amputated above knee joint) & arm, Sepsis (Secondary – Haemorrhage). He was buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England where there are 22 other WW1 Australian War Graves.

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