Walter Breed


Walter Breed


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Suffolk Regiment
4th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Bay 4.

UK Memorials

Watford Borough Roll of Honour,
St James' Church Memorial, Watford,
St John the Evangelist Church Memorial, Boxmoor,
Not on the Hemel Hempstead memorials

Pre War

Son of the late Joshua and Mary Ann (nee SMITH) BREED of Hemel Hempstead, Herts; husband of Fannie (nee FRANCIS) BREED of Watford.

His parents married 1865 in the Hemel Hempstead district.  Joshua died 1904 in the Hemel Hempstead district aged 68, and was buried 27 January in Heath Lane Cemetery, Hemel Hempstead; Mary died 1913 in Watford aged 73, and was buried 26 March in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.

Walter was born 1880 in Hemel Hempstead, and married 1905 in the Watford district; they had four children.  Fanny never remarried, she died 1954 in Watford aged 77, and was buried 23 September in Vicarage Road Cemetery.

On the 1881 Census, aged 1 he lived in Hemel Hempstead, with his parents and four siblings.  On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 11 he still lived in Hemel Hempstead, with his parents and one sibling.  On the 1901 Census, a grocer’s warehouseman aged 20, he was a boarder in Watford.  On the 1911 Census, a worker in a sausage factory aged 31, he still lived in Watford, with his wife and three children.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in Watford, and was formerly Private 32398 Suffolk Regiment.  He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action.  

Additional Information

Unfortunately, Walter’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.

There is an article about and a Death announcement for Walter in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 17 November 1917.  There is another article in the issue dated 24 November 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 27 April 1918 and 26 April 1919.

Has a entry in the National Roll of the Great War.


Sue Carter (Research) and Watford Museum (ROH on line via