Alfred BREELEY
Rank: Engine Room Artificer, 4th Class
Number: M/11286
Unit: HM Submarine E49 ROYAL NAVY
Date of Death: 12 March 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial

Alfred’s parents are understood to have been Frank and Annie (nee Broadhurst) who married in early 1890 at All Saint’s Church, Heaton Norris. Frank died in the late spring of 1914 and Annie continued to live at 24 Ward Street, Stockport for some time before moving, by the early 1920s, to 524 Rochdale Road, Collyhurst, Manchester. Except for his date of birth, 4 June 1892, nothing is known of Alfred’s early life.

Submarine E49 was commissioned on 14 December 1916 and had a crew of 31 – 3 officers and 28 Ratings. On 12 March 1917, she was heading out of Balta Sound in the Shetlands to start another patrol when she hit a mine and sank with the loss of the whole crew. The mine is thought to have been laid by the German submarine, UC76.

The wreck is now a designated war grave and photographs taken by divers show it to be largely intact.

   
           
   
     
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