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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
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: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
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