William George Hazlett, MC




Apr 1, 1889

Born at Kingston Ontario


Nov 17, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59449

Ø      Next of Kin given as William Hazlett (father) of RMC Kingston

Ø      Previous occupation given as Civil Servant

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Given rank of Signal Sargeant

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Jul 1, 1915

Rank of Signal Sargeant confirmed


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 18, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 12, 1916

Appointed to a Commission as Lieutenant


Jun 20, 1916

Posted to 21st Battalion as a Lieutenant


Jul 13, 1916

Granted 7 days leave


Aug 8, 1916

Sentenced by GCM (General Court Martial) at Boulogne to a Severe Reprimand for the offence of Drunkeness

(See Court Martial Summary below)


Sep 13, 1916

Admitted to No 7 General Hospital at Boulogne with VDG (Venereal Disease, Gonorrhea)


Sep 15, 1916

Transferred to No 39 General Hospital, Havre France


Dec 13, 1916

Discharged to Reinforcement Camp, Harfleur, then proceeded to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

Wounded at Battle of Vimy Ridge with a bullet wounds to the head and arm


Apr 10, 1917

Admitted to No 7 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 11, 1917

Invalided to England and admitted to Reading War Hospital, Reading, England 

Posted to General List and detached to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regiment)


Apr 28, 1917

Transferred to Convalescent Hospital


May 21, 1917

TOS EORD while in hospital


Jun 9, 1917

SOS 21st Battalion on transfer to CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps)


Jun 26, 1917

Transferred to Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Millbank, London, SW 1, with an undetermined illness


Jul 18, 1917

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30188




Jul 19, 1917

Determined by Medical Board to be unfit for any service for 2 months and granted leave until September 19, 1917 

Given permission to proceed to Canada at his own expense while on leave


Jul 20, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Sep 7, 1917

Granted leave extension in Canada until November 13, 1917


Nov 13, 1917

SOS EORD on being retained in Canada


Apr 26, 1918

When sick leave expired was TOS Queen’s Military Hospital as Quartermaster


Oct 24, 1918

Deceased at 8.00 am at Queen’s University Hospital (now the Kingston General Hospital) in Kingston Ontario, from pneumonia following influenza




Cataraqui Cemetery Kingston Ontario


May 26, 1920

British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-15 Star, Death Plaque and Scroll sent to father, Mr William Hazlett, at 83 Clergy St., Kingston Ontario. 

Above is the Military Cross and 1914-15 Star held by the Princess of Wales' Own Regimental Museum

Memorial Cross sent same date to Mother, Mrs Olivia Hazlett of same address


Summary of Court Martial

Library and Archives Canada Reference


Hazlett, W. G.




21st Bn






RG150 - Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada, Series 8, File 602-8-645, Microfilm Reel Number T-8694, file access code 90, Finding Aid Number 150-5


The Court Martial initially convened on August 8, 1916, at the Court Martial Room No 18, Rue de Sebastopol, Boulogne, France.



Brevet Colonel GE Even, CB

Commanding 36th (Labour) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.     


Lieut-Col CRF Morgan         Army Service Corps

Major RO Alexander 24th Canadian Infantry Battalion

Capt GW Thompson 4th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment

Capt JAM Seaton                 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 

Judge Advocate 

Major GFT Leather (R of O) Northumberland Fusiliers 


Capt HAB Ternan (R of O)               East Kent Regiment 

Counsel for the Accused 

Lieut HS Wilks                                   ASC 


At the opening of the Court Martial, Counsel for the accused filed an objection based on the fact that the prosecution had not disclosed all pertinent documents to the defence 24 hours prior to opening of the proceedings.


Under Court Martial rules, this must be done so that a proper defence can be planned.  On consideration of the objection, the Court decided to adjourn so that this could be done. 

The Court re-convened at the same location on the 10th of August, 1916. 

The prosecution introduced evidence and witnesses that showed that when the accused was discovered onboard the boat that he embarked in England to return to France from leave in, what appeared to be a state of drunkenness.  He was hiding on the bow of the boat in a crouched position, vomiting, and when questioned, murmured and slurred his words. 

The Provost Marshal was called and the accused was placed under arrest.  Several witnesses testified to the same facts. 

His defence contended that he was suffering from a severe tooth-ache and had taken some pain medication prior to boarding the vessel.  The combination of the pain and the medication caused him to be sea-sick and resulted in his vomiting. 

Medical evidence was introduced showing that he had visited a Dental Corps Officer while on leave, and that Officer recommended that he have the problem tended to when he returned to his unit. 

Lieut Hazlett admitted to consuming some alcohol after taking the pain medication but prior to boarding the boat. 

After deliberating for a short time, the members of the Court returned a verdict of Guilty. 

The Prosecutor introduced no evidence of prior bad conduct or prior alcohol abuse prior to sentencing. 

The defence declined to introduce any further character witnesses prior to sentencing. 

The Court deliberated for a short time and returned with a sentence of “A Severe Reprimand” to entered into the accused man’s file.


During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows William Hazlett's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of William Hazlett being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


William Hazlett is also commemorated on the Kingston, Ontario Memorial Wall

He is also honoured on a plaque in his old school, Kingston Collegiate Institute


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