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Thomas Walter Breeds (1879 - 1957)

Thomas Walter (Walter) Breeds
Born in St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 7 Sep 1907 in Battle, Sussex, Englandmap
Husband of — married 16 Dec 1920 in St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, Englandmap
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Died in St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Nov 2013
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Brewer. Thomas Walter was always known as Walter, and he signed his name 'T Walter Breeds'. He was educated at Branscombe House Preparatory School and Charterhouse School. After school he joined the family brewery in Hastings. He undertook a form of management trainee attachment to a brewery in Norwich, Norfolk. During the time that he was courting his first wife Gertrude Frances Woodd they used to act together in amateur theatricals. He served in the War of 1914-19, initially as a Sub Lieutenant (acting Lieutenant) in the Royal Naval Division, a special force which was inaugurated in 1914 by Winston Churchill, the then First Sea Lord, specifically for the defence of Antwerp. After the scheme was abandoned in 1915 he transferred to the Army and was commissioned as a Captain into the 8th Battalion The Welsh Regiment and saw service in Mesopotamia.[3] His name appears in most of the nominal rolls of officers in the battalion, which are attached to the monthly war diaries from December 1917 to Feb 1919. It would seem that for certainly a part of that time he commanded A Company. In July 1918 he was able to take some leave in Ceylon. He was in hospital from 19 Nov to 1 Dec 1918.[4] On completion of service he relinquished his commission on 3 Sep 1919 and retained the rank of Captain.[3] After the War he took up residence in the St. Leonards Club and resumed work for his father in the family brewery. During this time he was also a King’s Messenger. His second wife, Molly,[5] was the youngest daughter of Col T A Cregan (late RE) and Beatrice Washington. After his divorce from Molly he married Clarice Dearlove, a divorcee. In his will he bequethed the two pairs of William IV silver candlesticks, which bear the Thomas family crest, to his daughter Nancy Gertrude with the proviso that they should be given to his grandson Michael on the occasion of his marriage, ‘provided that he did not marry a chorus girl’! He always had a great interest in the theatre and during the War of 1914-19 he wrote a few short plays. He was cremated at Hastings Crematorium. [1]


  1. Entered by Michael Fraser-Allen.

1. Breeds Family History

2. FreeBMD Births Jun 1879 Hastings Volume 2b Page 42

3. Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh

4. War Diaries of the 8th Battalion Welsh Regiment (Pioneers) held at The National Archives, Kew (WO 95/5153/2)

5. FreeBMD Marriages Dec 1920 Hastings Volume 2b Page 57


He should not be confused with Tom Breeds, son of George Breeds (1846-1921) and Martha Moore (1849- ), who was also born in 1879.


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