Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Breeds - Edward James’ Family,

MB A39

In Loving Memory of

Edward James Breeds

Who Died 21st November 1945

Aged 75 Years

Also of Edgar, son of the above

Lost at sea 3rd February 1915

Aged 18 Years

And also of

Sarah Elizabeth

Wife and Mother of the above

Died end Jan 1965

Aged 91 Years

Also of Edward James

Eldest son of the above

Who died 26th July 1968

Aged 69 Years

In the 1901 Census Edward James Breed  is shown as a brewery labourer, probably at the Breeds & Co Brewery in the Old Town of Hastings.  At that time the brewery was being run by Thomas Breeds.  (for more census information see

He was known as ‘Tiny’ Breeds and was Landlord of The London Trader, (owned by Breeds & Co.) No. 7 East Beach Street, from 1908 until his death in 1945. He was succeeded in this role by his widow, Sarah.  He was also a part-time fisherman.

He bought the ‘Leading Star’ RX.294, probably from Dungeness, in 1917.

The ‘Edward and Mary’, RX.74, the first boat built in Hastings with an engine, was built for him in 1919, and named after his children, and was in his family from 1919 – 1950.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Lepper in 1894, at which stage there was one child, Harriet Elizabeth Breeds who was born in 1891 (father unknown, another family member?)

By 1901 they were living in in three rooms at Nelsons Cottages (no 2), Nelsons Passage,

with four children:

Harriet Elizabeth Breeds

Edward James Breeds

Edgar Breeds

Mary Breeds

He was councillor for St Clements ward for about 20 years


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