The Story of HMS Phaeton

In 1900 the Phaeton was based in Esquimault, Vancouver Island. When he was posted to the ship Harold travelled with a party of other officers, sailors and marines by passenger ship to Halixfax Nva Scotia, and then by train across Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway. During this trip various entertainment was organised where the officers sang to the men and vice versa. Harold's contribution was a rendition of a song popular at the time ' Wrap me in my tarpaulin jacket'

After the Great War

Although not stated in his records it is possible that the senior officers of the Royal Marines felt that Harold Ozanne had been through enough. He was home on leave in January 1918 having relinquished command of 1RMLI after Passchendaele and a note on his records dated 16 Jan 1918 states that he was to be 'Struck off the strength of 1st Royal Marine Battalion. Services required by the Admiralty on expiration of leave to UK.'

Royal Naval Division

(above) the Royal Marine uniform, before they came under the command of the British Army and adopted regular battle dress.

In 1916 Harold Ozanne was posted to the newly formed Royal Naval Division (53rd)

He was involved in all the Royal Marine Light Infantry major engagements on the Western Front;

Col. Harold Ozanne DSO RMLI

Harold Ozanne was commissioned into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1897

Harold Ozanne portrait 1917

From 1889 to 1916 he served at sea regularly as the Officer Commanding the Royal Marine detachment on board Royal Navy battleships and cruisers in the Mediterranean, The Pacific, The West Indies and around the British Isles

Harold in 1895

Harold's Early Life

In the late 1700s British colonists from Barbados began settling on the north coast of South America and by the year 1800 the area around Essequibo and Demerara had over 380 sugar cane plantations. In 1831 the British merged the old Dutch colonies of Essequibo and Demerara to create British Guiana.