Captain Patrick Augustine Breen

Captain Patrick Augustine Breen of the Machine Gun Corps, late Royal Irish Rifles. Although not police, he worked with the RIC, ADRIC and Military as an Intelligence Officer and he may have been one of Winter's agents.

1885 Apr 2. Born Singapore, the son of Edward and Sarah Breen. The 1891 Census for Canterbury Barracks shows that his father, born at Ballagh, Co. Wicklow, was a Colour-Sgt in the East Kent Regiment. His mother was born in Sydney, Australia.

1891 census in Canterbury Barracks aged 5 with father Edward (35, Colour Sgt, East Kent Regt, born Co Wicklow), mother Sarah (24, born Sydney, Australia) and sister Hannah (1, born Kent)

1901 census in Cornwall as an apprentice (Boy under Training) on board training ship Lion

1903 Apr 2. Joins Navy as a 12 year old Boy Sailor

1905 Nov 9. Invalided out of RN

1911 Census shows him as 8164 Rfn serving with 1st RIR. A rifleman Place / dob - Singapore / 1886

1914 Nov 16 Landed in France

1916 Nov 22. Commissioned 2nd Lt from CQMS, 1st RIR

1917 Jul 31. Wounded. He later served with the MGC.

1918 May 22. Promoted Lt

1919. His Australian service record indicates he was in Russia in 1919 and 10.5 years with RU Rifles.

1922 Aug 14. Goes onto retired pay

1935 May 11. ‘Capt. P.A. Breen, having attained the age limit of liability to recall, ceases to belong to the Reserve of Officers.’ – London Gazette

1941/1942 2nd Garrison Battn attached 9 Pnr Training Bn Australian army.

1969 Nov. Died in Sydney Australia. The parents names on the death record of Patrick Augustine Breen, 1969 in St Leonards district NSW, Australia are Edward and Sarah as per the early census records,


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