HAZELL, James Henry

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
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PO/X 108682
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Marine James Hazell was awarded the MM for bravery, determination and great devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the assault over the Rhine.


During the establishment of the initial bridgehead over the Rhine near Wesel on 23rd March 1945 a section had advanced too quickly and was in danger from our own artillery barrage. Marine Hazell was ordered to bring them back. He ran forward, and at that moment the barrage, fired by six Field Regiments, came down in the vicinity. Shewing complete disregard for his own safety he dashed forward and ordered the section to withdraw. When on his return it was discovered that two men from the section were missing, Marine Hazell acting on his own initiative immediately went forward again without orders, and in spite of the barrage, which was still falling, brought back the two men. The cool initiative and high courage shewn by this Marine was a magnificent example to his comrades.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37136, page 3191 and National archives WO 373/471/71)

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