Hazelwood, John James

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project
Hazelwood, John James
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In 1963 AB John Hazelwood was one of ten survivors of Jutland who recorded their recollections for an episode of the BBC programme the Great War. John is audio clip number 6 at https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-from-the-battle-of-jutland . Although the IWM describe him as a gunnery officer, it is quite clear from his words that he was part of the gun crew (as an AB).

There is also a 23 minute audio clip at https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/voices-of-the-first-world-war-jutland

Transcript: The ship’s crews had been at action stations for some time and my station in HMS Warspite was in ‘B’ Turret. Now, in these turrets that hold these guns, you’re simply in a steel box. The box completely surrounds you with thick armour plating all round. One feels that, while you are in these turrets, you are naturally cut off from anything going on outside. Except for the fact that you are in telephone communication with the bridge and the control towers. It's a feeling of, one would think, as being really fastened in a big box. The atmosphere is good, the crew are numbering somewhere about 16 and they’ve all got their individual jobs which they attend to and work as one.