Joseph Hazlett was born the son of Samuel and Nancy Hazlett. He was born on 23rd September 1887. He was one of eight surviving children of a total of twelve. They were a farming family from Moneydig, County Londonderry. Joseph emigrated to New Zealand. Prior to enlisting he lived in an area known as Forty Trees. He enlisted in October 1915 at Trentham Military Camp, near Wellington. Private Joseph Bamford Hazlett was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Otago Regiment when he was killed in action at the Somme on 15th September 1916.