The Battle of Hooge took place shortly after the Second Battle of Ypres, between May and August 1915. Perhaps the most well-known part of the battle was the huge mine, tunnelled under the German lines, and exploded by British forces on 30 July.
Private E. Breeze, of 3 Westley Place, Landport, Portsmouth, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his part in the battle. Serving with the 1st Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, on 16 June 1915 he collected a few men and attacked the enemy’s second line of trenches, destroyed two of their machine guns and took twelve prisoners. His DCM was announced in the London Gazette on 3 August 1915.
In November 1915 the 1st Lincs were transferred to the Somme. Promoted to Sergeant, Breeze was killed on 4 June 1916. He was buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, at Becordel-Becourt near the Somme.
Breeze’s Portsmouth connection probably comes from that fact that the 1st Lincs were based in Portsmouth in August 1914 when war was declared as part of the 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. It was unusual – although not unheard of – for men to join Regiments other than the local one, so it would seem that Breeze originally came from Lincolnshire, and married a Portsmouth girl while he was based there.