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451976   Private Joseph Breadon
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 08/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/11/1891
Died: 10/10/1920 (Home)
Age: 28
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Joseph Breadon was the son of Thomas and Mary Breadon. He was born on 8th November 1891. He was one of twelve children, all born in the Fivemiletown area. They were a farming family from Alderwood, Fivemiletown. Joseph Breadon emigrated to Canada. Prior to enlisting Joseph worked as a grocery clerk in Toronto. Joseph enlisted on 23rd July 1915. In October1916, Private Joseph Breadon was shot and wounded in the left leg at the Somme. Private Breadon spent many months in hospital. He endured other health issues including dental problems and developed hemorrhoids in a finger. He was discharged on 24th February 1919 at Toronto. Private Joseph Breadon died after the war of related injuries on the 10th October 1920.
Private Joseph Breadon
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Joseph Breadon was the son of Thomas and Mary Breadon. Thomas Breadon and Mary Thompson were married on 23rd August 1881 in the district of Fermanagh.
Joseph Breadon was born on 8th November 1891. He was one of twelve children, ten surviving. They were all born in the Fivemiletown area.
Known family: Thomas Breadon, Mary Breadon, Mary Breadon (born 16th July 1882), William J Breadon (born about 1884), Robert Breadon (born 5th February 1886, died 22nd November 1886), Margaret Breadon (born 4th November 1887), Robert S Breadon (born 27th January 1890), Joseph Breadon (born 24th November 1891), Jane Elina Breadon (born 7th November 1894), Annie Breadon (born 21st April 1897), Thomas James Breadon (born 3rd December 1898), Edward Breadon (born 6th March 1901), Noble Breadon (born 7th July 1903), Bertie Breadon (born 10th September 1905).
The 1901 census lists Joseph as 9 years old, living with the family at house 11 in Alderwood, Fivemiletown. His father was a farmer.
The 1911 census records Joseph as 19, working on his fatherís farm at Alderwood, Fivemiletown.
Joseph Breadon emigrated to Canada.
Prior to enlisting Joseph worked as a grocery clerk in Toronto.
Joseph enlisted on 23rd July 1915 in Toronto. He was 24 and single. His next of kin was his mother Mary.
Joseph Breadon Attestation Paper - page 1
Joseph Breadon Attestation Paper - page 2
Private Breadon arrived in England in December 1915. He proceeded to France in February 1916.
In October1916, Private Joseph Breadon was shot and wounded in the left leg at the Somme
Private Breadon spent many months in hospital. His treatment included massage and electric treatment.
He endured other health issues including dental problems. He also developed hemorrhoids in in his index finger.
Military records record that his wife Sarah did live at 76 Boultbea Avenue, Toronto and then later at 1155 King Street West, Toronto.
Private Joseph Breadon served with the 58th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry and saw service in Europe.
Private Joseph Breadon was demobilized and discharged on 24th February 1919 at Toronto.
Private Joseph Breadon died after the war of related injuries/illness on the 10th October 1920, aged 29.
Last Will and Testament of Private Joseph Breadon dated 18th July 1917:
451976 Joseph Breadon, 58th Battalion, B Company. In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my brother, William John Breadon, 76 Boultbea Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Private Joseph Breadon is buried in Toronto (St. John's Norway) Cemetery in Canada.
Joseph Breadon gravestone
Private Joseph Breadon is commemorated locally on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private Joseph Breadon as the son of Thomas and Mary Breadon of Alderwood, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Ireland. He is also listed as the husband of Sarah Breadon, of Toronto, Ontario.
Private Joseph Breadon is listed on page 80 of the Fivemiletown book, from which most of these details come from. Many thanks to Mark Byers for the information.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Alderwood Fivemiletown Census listing in Alderwood, Fivemiletown 54.361958 -7.250633
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
23/08/1881 M Thompson Mary Parent M/1881/V1/1504/1/71
23/08/1881 M Breadon Thomas Parent M/1881/V1/1504/1/71
16/07/1882 B Breadon Mary Sibling U/1882/111/1026/6/158
05/02/1886 B Breadon Robert Sibling U/1886/111/1026/6/449
22/11/1886 B Breadon Robert Sibling D/1886/111/1026/5/61 Age 0
04/11/1887 B Breadon Margaret Sibling U/1887/111/1026/7/84
27/01/1890 B Breadon Robert Sibling U/1890/111/1026/7/261
24/11/1891 B Breadon Joseph Casualty U/1891/111/1026/7/402
07/11/1894 B Breadon Jane Sibling U/1894/111/1026/8/118
21/04/1897 B Breadon Annie Sibling U/1897/111/1026/8/318
03/12/1898 B Breadon Thomas Sibling U/1898/111/1026/8/436
06/03/1901 B Breadon Edward Sibling U/1901/111/1026/9/72
07/07/1903 B Breadon Noble Sibling U/1903/111/1026/9/225
10/09/1905 B Breadon Bertie Sibling U/1905/111/1026/9/376
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Breadon family Lists Joseph as age 9 living with the family at house 11 in Alderwood, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Breadon family Lists Joseph as age 19 living with the family at house 1 in Alderwood, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Joseph Breadon
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Joseph Breadon including grave photo
5 Joseph Breadon Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (82 no.)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021