James Edwin Breen was the son of John and Maria Breen of Castle View, Tattenhall. His father’s occupation was ‘Domestic Gardener’. In the 1911 Census, James Edwin Breen is listed at home with his parents and his brother and three sisters (Percy, May, Eleanor and Margaret). Whilst he is listed as ‘Edwin’ on the 1911 Census, he was certainly baptised ‘James Edwin Breen’; the Tattenhall Baptismal Records confirming his baptism on 18 April 1897.
James Edwin Breen joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and he rose to Lance Corporal in rank. He died on 20 June 1917 at the age of just 20. He is remembered on the Tattenhall War Memorial and at Mendinghem Military Cemetery which lies NW of Ypres in Flanders.
Mendinghem was a Casualty Clearing Station. Other clearing stations were established in the area in readiness for the Allied offensive.
Lance Corporal JAMES EDWIN BREEN
55265 Royal Welsh Fusiliers
died age 20
20 June 1917
Remembered with honour
MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY
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