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15792   Private James Breen
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 08/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Regiment, South African Infantry (South African Army)
Died: 03/04/1918 (Prisoner of War)
Age: 28
James Breen was the oldest son of son of John and Mary Eliza Breen. He was born about 1891. They were a farming family, living in Freughmore, Clogher. Private James Breen was serving with the 4th Regiment of the South African Infantry when he was captured. Private Breen died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war on 3rd April 1918, aged 28. Private James Breen is buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery in France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Cateau Military Cemetery
  Le Cateau, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-A-31
CWGC Casualty 594752
Le Cateau is a small town approximately 27 kilometres east-south-east of Cambrai. From Cambrai, take the N43 to its junction with D932, approximately 22.5 kilometres from Cambrai centre. Turn left at the junction and the cemetery lies on the right side, 400 metres along this road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Clogher War Memorial - WWI - East Face - Panel 2a Clogher
2 St. Macartan's Cathedral Tablet - WWI Clogher
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Breen family Lists James as age 10 living at house 2 in Freughmore, Clogher, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Breen family Lists James as age 21, a farmer's son, living at house 6 in Freughmore, Cloghan, Tyrone
3 Auction lot database Death Plaque for James Breen, auctioned 4 Oct 2017 for 40
4 Red Cross WW1 POW Records James Breen PA27031
5 South Africa War Graves Photo of James Breen's gravestone
6 St. Macartan's Cathedral James Breen listed on 1914-1918 memorial tablet
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of James Breen's headstone can be purchased here.
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