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Full Name
Sydney Frederick Breach
Rank Last Held
Second Lieutenant
Forename(s)
Sydney Frederick
Surname
Breach
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
25/945
First Known Rank
Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment
Baker
Next of Kin
Mrs Edith Breach (wife), Rakaia, Canterbury, New Zealand
Marital Status
Married
Body on Embarkation
New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit
3rd Battalion, C Company
Embarkation Date
5 February 1916
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
24
Page on Nominal Roll
10
Military Awards
Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Award Circumstances
  • London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p262, Rec No 336:
  • This non commissioned officer has shown great devotion to duty since the arrival of his Battalion in France, especially during the operations around Flers on the 15th and 16th September. He led his platoon with gallantry and dash. Seeing that a Lewis Gun team had been either killed or wounded he took charge of the gun, using it with very good effect.
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death
Le Cateau, France
Date of Death
8 October 1918
Age at Death
37
Year of Death
1918
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Grave Reference
III. C. 11.
Memorial Name
Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand
Biographical Notes
  • Sydney Breach was the son of W. H. and B. A. Breach, of Rakaia; husband of Edith Breach, of Rakaia, New Zealand.
  • Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial.
Description of Image
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003.
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Panel 1 (WW1), names, marble panel. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003.
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Commemoration panel WW1 and WW2, bronze plaque. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Commemoration panel WW1 1914 - 1918, marble panel. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003
Archives NZ source
Sources Used
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
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