HAZELWOOD, Alfred Harold

No.18220, Private, Alfred Harold HAZELWOOD
Aged 32
no medals
3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of Illness on Saturday, 6th January 1917

Alfred Harold Hazelwood was born in Bardwell (Thingoe Q3-1884 4A:660) son of David and Louisa HAZELWOOD (née HURRELL).

1891 census...Aged 6, he was near the Church, Bradwell with his father David HAZELWOOD [47] farm labourer born Ixworth Thorpe; his mother Louisa [40] born Bardwell; sisters Adeline [14] born Pakenham, Agnes [10] and Winifred [2] both born in Bardwell; brothers William [12] farm labourer born Woolpit and Frank [4] born Bardwell.

1901 census...Aged 16, he was a journeyman butcher, at Church Cottages with his parents, brother Frank and sister Winifred.

His mother died in 1904. In 1909 he married Ellen Elizabeth LAMBERT (b.17-8-1889) who re-married in 1923 to Albert W. HURRELL

1911 census...Aged 25, a butcher's assistant, he was at The Green, Bardwell with his wife, Ellen [21] born Bardwell and their son Alec [1] born Bardwell. His widower father was living in Bardwell with daughter Ada and her husband William TILLETT and their two sons Reggie [13] and Clifford [7]

The pension card gives the birth of the three children, Alec Harold 14-1-1910; Viola Louise 18-1-1914 and Stella Agnes 31-1-1917. They were living at Up Street, Bardwell. Also the cause of death was anaemia of the kidneys.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds, around December 1914. He was in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion which was based in Felixstowe and was responsible for recruitment and initial training of recruits, an often forgotten contribution to the war effort as they did not serve overseas and in the Great War there was no medal for personnel who never left our shore.

He died at No 1 Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, cause unknown without his death certificate.

The Bury Free Press recorded on 20th January 1917:-
- The funeral took place on Sunday of Prvt Alfred H.Hazelwood, of the 3rd Suffolk Regiment, who died in hospital at Cambridge on Saturday week previous. He was a native of the village and was well known and respected. Until the outbreak of war he was employed by Mr. Addison, butcher. He leaves a widow and two children, for whom much sympathy is felt. A detachment of Canadian Artillery soldiers came over from Stowlangtoft Camp and acted as bearers......

No 1 Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge (now site of University Library)

This huge complex was built in 10 weeks, starting from scratch, installing drains etc to admission of the 1st patients.

from the cover of "From bats to beds to books" by Philomena Guillebaud.

Alfred Hazelwood is buried in Bardwell (St Peter and St Paul's) Churchyard, NE part.

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