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Friday, 4 January 2013

Duffin, Douglas Irvine

Company Quarter-Master Sergeant Douglas Irvine Duffin
was born in Coleraine in June / September 1887. 

He was the son of Edward Duffin and Margaret Jane Duffin.  In 1901 the family were living in house 2, Artihannon, Bushmills, Co. Antrim. 
Duffin would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905. 

By 1911, Douglas Irvine Duffin was boarding in house 29, Ballymagrorty, Liberties, Lower, Co. Londonderry.  He is described as a Bank Clerk. 

Whilst his family moved to Christchruch, New Zealand.  Duffin enlisted in Ireland and served with the Black Watch attaining the rank of Company Quarter-Master Sergeant.  He is also reported as serving with the 3/4 Kings African Rifles.

The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Black Watch Royal Highlanders, 265524, Company Quarter Master Sergeant

On MIC which refers to Douglas Irwine Duffin the MIC refers to the following: Awarded the ‘Meritorious Service Medal’ East Africa, Douglas Irvine Duffin, CQMS 265524 shown as Black Watch and K Afr Rif. On MIC K. Afr Rif is struck out in red ink and R Hdrs inserted Date of Gazette – Peace Gazette with date 3/6/19 Registered Paper 0137/5608

[Thanks to Adrain58 of the Great War Forum]

A further National Archives Medal Index Card exists as follows:

Royal Highlanders, 265624, Warrant Officer Class 2
Kings African Rifles, 265624, Company Quarter Master Sergeant

On MIC which refers to Douglas I Duffin the MIC refers to the following Douglas I Duffin, R Highrs WO Cl I 265624, K African Rifles, CQMS. Victory & British Medal Roll G102/B23 Page 1954.  The following entry is also recorded EM/2/1447 IV 4546 E d? 30.6.20 followed by EM/2/1447 cancelled.  On the rear of the MIC the following is recorded: 6 i/c Rec’s Perth subts nom roll of indiv. ent: to the Emblem 13/5/20 N S of S Col Office submits nom Roll of indiv ent: to Emblem received from H.2. K. Af Refs 17.9.20

[Thanks to Adrain58 of the Great War Forum]

Douglas' name appears on a roll of British other ranks serving with KAR units in September 1918. His parent unit was 2nd/6th Black Watch, he joined KAR on 23 May 1917, and in September 1918 he was working in the KAR Pay Department. He would have been stationed at Mbgathi, a massive KAR Depot camp outside Nairobi.

[Thanks to Bush Fighter of the Great War Forum]

Duffin may also have been promoted to WO2 sometime after 1917.  He was also awarded the Victory Medal.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Duffin as being 'previously injured' with his last known address as East Africa.

Duffin's grandson has managed to uncover a video of the Kings African Rifles and others in East Africa that helps to give a feel of what it must have been like back then.

Duffin served in Derry, Bushmills, Londonderry and Warrenpoint. 
He retired as Manager of Warrenpoint branch in 1949 and was still living in 1970. 
Duffin is named on the First Derry Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

1 comment:

  1. This was my grandfather and he passed away in 1971. His son Edward Duffin is my father and he now has retired in Anglesey Wales.
    Douglas Duffin


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