Private Edward Breslin


The family background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

Edward Breslin enlisted in the cavalry at Waterford on 31 August 1918. He was described as being 5' 7" tall, with a fresh complexion, brown hair and blue eyes, and tattooed wrists. He gave his age as 21, his place of birth as Drimoleague [Timoleague], County Cork, and his occupation as a stoker.

Breslin was posted to the North Irish Horse at its reserve camp at Antrim, where he was issued Corps of Hussars No.72143. He was reported to have deserted from Antrim on 30 September 1918, but must have been apprehended or returned to duty, for on 23 October at Antrim he had faced a Court Martial charged with 'desertion, loss of public property, equipment, etc', for which he was sentenced to 28 days' detention with stoppages of pay to make good the loss.

On 8 January 1919 he was discharged, being 'surplus to military requirements, not having suffered impairment since entry into the service' (paragraph 392 xxv(a), King's Regulations).


This page last updated 12 March 2024.