Private Robert Breadon

 

The background of this man is not known at present. The 1911 Census suggests a number of possibilities, one from Belfast, one from County Fermanagh, and one from County Monaghan.

Robert Breadon enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 14 and 20 November 1914 (No. UD/149 – later Corps of Dragoons No.21248). On 6 October 1915 he embarked for France with his squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division. At the time he was attached to 36th Division Headquarters, perhaps as a batmen to a senior officer, as were a number of other men of the squadron.

In June 1916 the Inniskilling squadron joined C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until August 1917 when it was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry. Lewis, however, was not with the 2nd (NIH) Regiment at the time. It is probable that he had remained attached to divisional headquarters, or he may have returned to the UK due to sickness or injury and then been posted to the squadron's reserve camp at Enniskillen.

On 22 April 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

 

This page last updated 5 April 2023.