Rifleman Arthur Bree
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Born at Bristol. Resident of St Helier, Jersey. Son
of Elias & Annie Bree.
Killed in action, aged 23 years.
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post
of Monday 24 April 1916
First Jersey Rifleman to be Killed in
Action. We regret to state that news has been received
in Jersey that one of the Riflemen of D Company Royal
Irish Rifles has laid down his life on the field of
honour. The soldier, Rifleman Arthur Bree, son of Mr
& Mrs E Bree of 2 Payn Street, was at the outbreak
of hostilities employed by Eastmans of York Street.
He joined the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles and
proceeded with them to France. Letters have recently
been received from Rifleman Bree stating that he was
in the best of health so his parents were prostrated
with grief on Saturday last to receive the following
letter from Acting Sergeant Major Whittle of the Jersey
Company. The letter reads "France. 16 April
1916. Dear Mr & Mrs Bree, I wish to convey on behalf
of myself, the NCOs and men of the Jersey Company our
sincere sympathy in the loss of your son Arthur who
was killed in action on the evening of 16th inst. He
was highly respected by all ranks and exceedingly popular,
which makes his loss all the more keenly felt. He died
truly a soldiers death and was buried just behind the
British lines, the ceremony being watched by a few of
his comrades. Again, tendering our sincerest sympathy,
believe me to remain yours sincerely, T WHITTLE Acting
Sergeant Major D Company 7th Royal Irish Rifles"
Yesterday the parents received the following letter
from Major Stocker. It reads "Trenches BEF 19.4.16.
Dear Mr & Mrs Bree, It is with the utmost regret
that I have to write to you on the death of your son.
He was killed in the Front Line on 16th inst, last Sunday.
He was a good lad and I knew him well, he always did
his duty. I sympathise with you in your loss and our
loss too; I am sure words will not help you in your
grief and that only time will heal. I trust the time
will soon come when you will be able to forget your
distress and be consoled by the knowledge that he died
for his Country. We all sympathise with you but all
was done that could be done for him under the circumstances.
Yours sincerely W A STOCKER" Rifleman Bree
is the first member of the Jersey Company below the
rank of officer to be killed in action. The deceased
was 22 in January last. The sympathy of all our readers
we feel sure is extended to the family in their bereavement.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record