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Harold Ozanne's grave

For many years Harold Ozanne and his family lived at Sheering Mill House in Sawbridgeworth and this was his home at the time of his death in 1945

The nearest church to his home is St Mary the Great in Bell Street

With the help of Carrie Johnson in the Parish office a search of the cemetery soon revealed Harold’s gravestone

Harold Ozanne's grave

For many years Harold Ozanne and his family lived at Sheering Mill House in Sawbridgeworth and this was his home at the time of his death in 1945. The nearest church to his home is St Mary the Great in Bell Street. With the help of Carrie Johnson in the Parish office a search of the cemetery soon revealed Harold’s gravestone.

 

 

Ian Marshall watercolour of HMS Phaeton

This wonderful 14" by 21" watercolour of HMS Phaeton at Esquimalt in 1887 was painted by the renowned marine artist Ian Marshall and sold for US$4500

 

J H Ozanne reference in National Archives Kew

The National Archives at Kew (which contain the records of the Colonial Office - mainly the correspondence to and from the Gambia Government). CO 87/142 (1892 files) include a letter from J H Ozanne dated 14 November 1892 from Bosqville, Bog Lane, Guernsey, which notes his appointment as a Travelling Commissioner at £300 per annum and states that he was willing to depart from England to the Gambia on 7 January 1893.

Harold Ozanne's cigarette case from 1903

Harold Ozanne's granddaughter Louise Counsell inherited his cigarette from her mother Susan Jolly (neé Ozanne). The case is enscribed 1903 which was the year that Harold returned to the UK from the Pacific on HMS Phaeton.

 

Harold Ozanne's travel clock identified

A Swiss made travel clock has been identified by the original supplier, Hamilton and Inches of Edinburgh, as being made around the year 1900. This would coincide with Harold Ozanne's 21st Birthday and his departure for Vancouver Island to join the crew of HMS Phaeton. The clock is in the possession of his granddaughter.

Lieutenant Ozanne sings to his men

Lt Ozanne and the crew of HMS Phaeton crossed the Atlantic by passenger ship and then took the Canadian Pacific Railroad to join the vessel on Vancouver Island. During the trip various informal concerts were organised, and on one occasion Lt Ozanne sang 'Wrap me in my tarpaulin jacket' a song which was popular at the time;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g83y1X5jn4

 

Lady Bower's jewellery stolen - Paris1903

LADY BOWER'S JEWELLERY STOLEN BY SWELL MOBSMAN

London, October 5 1903

That shit Shute

General Shute served in World War I in France and Belgium becoming General Officer Commanding of the Royal Naval Division in 1916. He had an intense dislike for the unconventional nautical traditions of the Royal Naval Division and made numerous unpopular attempts to stamp them out. Following a particularly critical inspection of the trenches by General Shute, an officer of the division Sub-Lieutenant A. P. Herbert, who later became a famous humorous writer, legal satirist and Member of Parliament, wrote a popular poem that summed up the feelings of the men of the RND: 

“Boche bolting like rabbits “

After the successful attack on Miraumont Major Ozanne gave an official report to Battalion HQ and added the comment ‘the Boche bolting like rabbits’.  The Battalion Commanding Officer when reporting on to Brigade HQ repeated this rather un-military description not realising that he was speaking to the Brigadier, and not his signals officer. Realising his error the CO quickly changed his report to ‘Enemy retiring hastily sir, helped by our fire’.

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