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Service of William James Duffy, 203169, in WWI.

Service of William James Duffy, 203169, in WWI.

William James Duffy served with the 2/5 and the 2/7 battalions, the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) on the Western Front and with the army of occupation.

William Duffy was born in 1888 at 54, Laxey Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, and had 9 siblings. His parents had arrived from Armagh in the 1880s. In 1914 on the eve of the war he married a Toxteth girl, Margaret Barlow, in St James’s Church, Toxteth. At that point he was living at 87, Northumberland Street. He was a bread baker by trade and worked nights

He left Liverpool in July 1917, and landed in France some time after that. His first action was at the Battle of Passchendaele in October, 1917, followed by Bourlon Wood and Boesinghe. He remained in the Ypres sector until January 1918 when the Battalion moved south to Armentieres. At the end of January 1918 the 2/5 Battalion was disbanded and he joined the 2nd 7th Battalion KLR.
He took part in the Battle of the Scarpe in Spring 1918, the Battle of Cambrai in September/October 1918, and the relief of Lille in October 1918.
He survived the war and died in 1950.
He is buried with his wife, and son, Arthur, who fought in Italy during WW2, at Holy Trinity Church, Wavertree.

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