Harold Hazeldine, Private 3422, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 13th August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 22
Harold Hazeldine (also spelt Hazledine) was born on 26th April and baptised on 30th July 1893 at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Sarah and Joseph Hazeldine, a silk dyer of 2 North Street, Macclesfield.
Harold began his education at St George’s School in London Road on 11th October 1897, aged 3½. In 1901, just before his 8th birthday, Harold was still living at 2 North Street with his parents and siblings James (17), Mary Ann (14), Joseph (11), and Annie (4). By 1911 Sarah had died, the family had moved to 29 Bridge Street, south Macclesfield, (now Chapel Street) and eighteen-year-old Harold was employed as a cotton winder. He later worked at Messrs Hulme’s dyeworks.
Harold attested at Macclesfield in 1914, joining the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, and following a period of training in various locations in the south of England, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir.
At 8am on 10th August the Battalion was ordered to attack Hill 70. This was unsuccessful and the Battalion suffered severe losses. A second unsuccesssful attack took place at 5pm.
The following day at 2.30pm the Brigade moved north, but the 7th Cheshires and 4th Welsh Regiments on the left were under attack so had to pull back. The 7th Cheshires remained in this position in trenches for several days, and Private Hazeldine was killed in action on 13th August 1915, aged 22. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 17 September 1915:
ANOTHER PRIVATE KILLED: JOINED SINCE CHRISTMAS – Yesterday morning Mr J Hazledine, 29 Chapel St, Macclesfield, received official information that his son, Private Harold Hazledine, who was serving with the 1/7th Cheshire Regt in the Dardanelles, was killed in action on August 13th. Deceased was a native of Macclesfield and in his 23rd year. He was educated at St George’s branch school, and attended the Byrons Street Sunday School. Private Hazledine joined the territorials since Christmas. Prior to the war he was employed at Messrs Hulme’s dyeworks, where his father is also engaged.
Private Harold Hazeldine has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Harold Hazeldine, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.