George, George Alfred and William Hazlehurst

The Following Biographies are the Work of Amanda Freeman.

George Hazlehurst

George was born in Hoylake and baptised as George Thomas Hazlehurst in Hoose on 18th July 1897. In 1901 he was living with his widowed father George, and siblings John, Annie and Ethel at 14 Dawson Street, Hoylake. Dawson Street was the original name for the row of houses that is now 33-59 Groveland Avenue. His mother Martha Ann Dodd had died in 1900 aged just 40. His father George had lived with the Meadows family in Great Meols since before he was 13 as a farm labourer.

George was, in fact, the first cousin of George Alfred Hazlehurst. George Thomas’s father, George, was the older brother of George Alfred’s mother Mary Ann. Their parents John Hazlehurst (1827-1896) and Mary Banks (1833-1910) had met as children in Great Meols, listed on the same page of the 1841 census.

By 1911, George senior had remarried, and was living with his new wife, Ruth Jones, at 51 Groveland Avenue, Hoylake. Sons John and George were still living with them, together with half-siblings, Elsie and William, aged 7 and 5. George is described as being at school, whilst older brother John was a golf club maker.

George Hazelhurst's Medal Card

George Hazelhurst’s Medal Card

Once again, there is very little evidence of George’s military career. He enlisted in Liverpool, joining the Royal Horse Artillery and subsequently moving to the 56th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner in the Small Arms Ammunition Section. He died in hospital in Mesopotamia on 28th June 1916, aged just 19, and is buried in the Basra War Cemetery in Iraq.

Royal Artillery Cap Badge

Royal Artillery Cap Badge

Birth: c.1897 in Hoylake
Death: 28th June 1916, died in a military hospital in Mesopotamia, aged 19
Addresses: 14 Dawson Street, Hoylake (01), 51 Groveland Avenue, Hoylake (11)
Occupation: ?
Unit: Royal Field Artillery
Number and Rank: 11247, Gunner
Medals: Victory and British War
Commemorated and Buried: GH, H, Iraq: Basra War Memorial
Sources: BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC, Census: 01, 11 

George Alfred Hazlehurst

George was born in Great Meols and baptised in Hoose on 26th July 1896. In 1901 he was listed on the census as the nephew of Mary Hazlehurst aged 66, living on Birkenhead Road. Also in the household were another nephew Frederick, aged 9, and Mary Ann Hazlehurst, the first Mary’s daughter.

By 1911, the older Mary had died, and Frederick had disappeared, leaving Mary Ann, aged 51, living at 7a Back Sea View, Hoylake, with her son, George, aged 14. It seems that Mary Ann had her son George out of wedlock. George is described as a caddy boy, presumably working at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Cheshire Regiment Badge

Cheshire Regiment Badge

There is unfortunately very little evidence of George’s military career other than he enlisted in Hoylake, joining the 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. His medal card shows that he was known as Private Alfred Hazlehurst and went to France on 19th July 1915. He died in hospital in Le Treport on 9th July 1918, aged just 22, and is buried in the Mont Huon Military Cemetery in Le Treport.

George Albert Hazelhurst's Medal Card

George Albert Hazelhurst’s Medal Card

Birth: c.1896 in Great Meols
Death: 9th July 1918, died in Hospital in Le Treport, France
Addresses: Birkenhead Road, Great Meols (01), 7a Back Sea View, Hoylake (11)
Occupation: Caddy Boy (11)
Unit: 9th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Number and Rank: 17671, Private
Medals: 1915 Star, British War and Victory
Commemorated and Buried: GH, H, France: Mont Huon Military Cemetery in Le Treport.
Sources: BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC, Census: 01,11

William Hazlehurst

William was born on 3rd April 1864 in Hoylake. His parents, Thomas Hazlehurst (1836-1893) and Sarah Jones (1838-1920) had married at St Peter’s Church in Liverpool on 15th September 1863, so Sarah was already pregnant with William, a not uncommon occurrence at this time. Thomas and Sarah were both born in Hoylake. Thomas’s parents were John Hazlehurst b.1813 in Bidston and Elizabeth Bird b.1816 in Seacombe, and Sarah’s parents were Peter Jones b.1807 in West Kirby and Mary Roberts b.1808 in West Kirby.

William’s father, Thomas, was a blacksmith and the family moved around a lot, presumably for Thomas to find work. In 1871 they were in Salford, by which time, William had 3 brothers, John, Thomas and Ambrose. By 1881 they were in Raby, and another brother, James, had been born.

William married Annie Eccles at Holy Trinity, Hoose, on 13th April 1887, and their son Thomas was born in November of the same year, being baptised in Hoose on 27th November 1887.

In the 1891 census, William was working as a blacksmith in Liscard, his father having returned to Hoylake, working in Market Street with the help of sons Thomas, Ambrose and James, all listed as blacksmiths.

By 1901, Thomas had died, and William had taken up residence as the blacksmith at 59 Market Street, shown as blacksmith and cycle maker. His mother, Sarah, was living at 55 Market Street with son John who was a tobacco shopkeeper. Tragically, William and Annie had a second son, William, who was baptised on 1st January 1901 in Hoose, but who died a few days later, and was buried on 7th January 1901.

William was still working as a blacksmith in 1911, now living at 16 Avondale Road. Son Thomas was an automobile engineer.

William Hazelhurst's Medal Card

Once again, as has been the case with all the Hazlehursts, there is very little on record to show William’s military career. From his medal card, we do know that he was a Staff Sergeant in the 29th Division of the Royal Army Service Corps and saw service in France from 22nd March 1915. At some point soon after, he was posted to Gallipoli where he was wounded and subsequently discharged, having also served time in Egypt and Salonika, where he contracted malaria and suffered sunstroke. He returned to Hoylake, living at 1 Church Road, where he died from the effects of these two illnesses on 27th September 1921, aged 57.

Royal Army Service Corps Cap Badge

Royal Army Service Corps Cap Badge

His son Thomas’s military record is available. He joined the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport) in 1915, and was posted to East Africa in February 1916, seeing service in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. He too caught malaria, and in one document his degree of disablement was described as being 20%. He married Gertrude Woodward in Heswall on 24th July 1918 whilst on leave and was demobolised from the army in 1919, returning to Hoylake. He became a garage proprieter, living in Heswall, his wife’s home town, and died relatively young in 1947.

William, Annie and Thomas are buried in Holy Trinity graveyard in Hoylake.


William Hazelhurst's Grave in Holy Trinity Church Yard, Hoylake

William Hazelhurst’s Grave in Holy Trinity Church Yard, Hoylake

Birth: 3rd April 1864 in Hoylake
Death: 27th September 1921, died from illnesses, aged 57
Addresses: Salford (71), Raby (81), Liscard (91), 55 Market Street, Hoylake (01), 16 Avondale, Road, Hoylake (11), 1 Church Road, Hoylake (21)
Occupation: Blacksmith
Unit: Royal Army Service Corps
Number and Rank: M2/031890, Private and Staff Serjeant
Medals: 15 Star, Victory and British War
Commemorated and Buried: GH, H, Hoylake Holy Trinity Church Yard
Sources: BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC, Census: 01, 11


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