Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 55265.
Regiment: 13th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Died of wounds Wednesday 20th June 1917 Age 20
From Tattenhall.
County Memorial Tattenhall
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James was born in Tattenhall, Cheshire in 1897. He lived with his father John, a gardener, and his mother Maria at 42 Castle View. He had 2 brothers, Percy and Edward and 4 sisters, Gertrude, Eleanor, Maria & Margaret. James was a post office clerk.
   He enlisted in Chester on the 16th May 1916. He entered France on the 8th December 1916. James died of wounds received in action on the 20th June 1917. He is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

  The Chester Chronicle reported:  30/6/1917

   On Monday morning a gloom was cast over the village on the news becoming known that Mr & Mrs Breen had received an intimation from the War Office of the death of Eddy Breen of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. During the day a large number called on Mr & Mrs Breen to express their sympathy. 
  He was a bright steady young man and previous to joining up was for some time a clerk at the Post Office, so was well known to everyone.
  He joined the army on May 15th (sic) 1916, just after turning 19 years of age, and after a short training was sent out to the Front on December 8th, and was killed on the 20th June 1917 by being shot through the lungs.
  His loss is the first among the boys from the village and deep sorrow is felt among all. It seems such a short time since he was singing at the yearly concert, "When The Boys Come Home", and now he has gone from anong them. It is the fortune of war but it is hard for those left. We express deep sympathy for Mr & Mrs Breen and family.

Researcher:  Darryl Porrino