Medical Orderly
Henry W. Hazel

Medical Services

Medical Orderly Hazel was taken on by Dr. Seddall, the Detachment's Staff Assistant Surgeon.  We can only assume, at this time, that Hazel was picked by Seddall himself.  It is possible that Hazel was the one chosen out of a body of Men from the Medical Service who volunteered to traveled with Detachment as a Volunteer, thereby being eligible for the 30 acre free land grant to be given for each man who completed the 6 years of service there.

Whichever the case, Hazel traveled with the main body of the Detachment on board the Thames City and it appears that this was not a pleasant voyage for the man.

We have a record of his time on board the Thames City courtesy of "The Emigrant Soldier's Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicles", a weekly newspaper, written and printed by the Men for the Detachment on board.

The following describe Hazel's time on board the Thames City.

 

 

 

Upon arriving at Queenborough a District Court Martial was convened.  This required a certain number of Officers, according to Regulations.  After denying Leave to Captain Bazalgette, the court begins.

 

4th Wednesday ... I was in a district Court martial from 12 a.m. till 4 p.m. for the trial of 1st Corporal Medical Staff Orderly Hazel, the court was [in session] till 10 a.m. the following day  

5th Thursday The district Court Martial again heard Sapper Delaney. 

-- From the Journal of Lt. Lempriere

 In a document regarding the accurate names of Men in the Detachment, made by Sapper Wolfenden in 1909, Philip Jackman notes that Hazel was "drunk, court-martialed and discharged".