Private Walter Thomas Duff

Private Walter Thomas Duff

New Zealand Infantry, 23rd Battalion

Walter Thomas Duff of Hanover Square, Coagh

Born 16 March 1904

Killed in action 11 December 1941 in the Western Desert

Aged 37

Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 102

Coagh and District War Memorial, Hanover Square, Coagh

 

Private Walter Thomas Duff was the son of William James Duff and Sarah Jane Duff née Davison, of Hanover Square, Coagh, Co Tyrone. He was the husband of Ella Duff. His father was a mill manager in Coagh and inspector of fisheries and his mother was a school teacher in Coagh.

He served with the New Infantry in Greece and when they withdrew in April 1941. The New Zealand Infantry fought throughout the Western Desert Campaign in the summer and winter of 1941. Walter Thomas Duff was killed in action on 11 December 1941.

He is commemorated at Alamein Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt, Column 102, and on the Coagh and District War Memorial in Coagh, which stands immediately in front of the Duff family home

Private Walter Thomas Duff

Private Walter Thomas Duff

NZ Infantry camp at oasis in Egypt, 1941

NZ Infantry camp at oasis in Egypt, 1941

 

NZ Infantry soldiers washing dixies, Egypt, 7 August 1941

NZ Infantry soldiers washing dixies, Egypt, 7 August 1941

 

NZ Infantry training in Egypt, 10 October 1941

NZ Infantry training in Egypt, 10 October 1941

 

NZ Bren carrier crew, Egypt, 1941

NZ Bren carrier crew, Egypt, 1941

 

Italian vehicle captured by NZ Infantry, 22 July 1941

Italian vehicle captured by NZ Infantry, 22 July 1941

 

The Alamein Memorial

The Alamein Memorial

 

Coagh and District war memorial

Coagh and District war memorial

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