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First Name: George William Last Name: HAZARD
Date of Death: 26/08/1914 Lived/Born In: Paddington
Rank: Lance Corporal Unit: Royal Berkshire1
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Born-Longhurst, Surrey

Enlisted-Kingston

1st Royal Berkshire  6th Brigade, 2nd Division

 

On 25 August the 2nd Division crossed the Sambre at Berlaimont and Pont sur Sambre.  The rearguard, 6Brigade, was followed by dismounted German cavalry but not pressed. At  6pm 6Brigade reached Maroilles.  And at the same time German patrols engaged two detachments of 15th Hussars at Maroilles Bridge.  The Germans were easily held at bay for an hour until they brought up a field gun.  Falling back, the troop of 15th Hussars met a company of 1st Berkshire moving up in relief.  This company took up a position by the Rue des Juifs, 1mile south-east of the bridge The three other companies of 1st Berkshire were delayed by congestion in Maroilles, but when they finally arrived at Rue des Juifs, they found the Germans had retired so they pushed on to recover the bridge, the approach to which was a causeway across marshy ground.  The Germans had barricaded the bridge and had their field gun in position so 1st Berkshire could make no progress and after losing 60 men they postponed the attempt until daylight. On 26 August, there was no further attemp to retake the bridge and 1st Berkshire continued the retreat. Although the records show Lance Corporal Hazard as having been killed on the 26 August, the battalion diary has no mention of any casualties on that day so he was probably killed on 25 August.

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