DUFF, George Leslie
(Service number 58155)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 28 May 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o F. CHAPMAN, Masterton
Occupation Farm work
Previous Military Experience 9th Mounted Rifles (Territorial) - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs James DUFF (mother), Methven
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 13 November 1917
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations



Date 12 October 1957 Age 60 years
Place of Death Palmerston North
Memorial or Cemetery Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference Block 007, Plot 055
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Leslie Duff was born on 28 May 1897 at Timaru, the second son of James and Mary Jane (née Hay). George was a farm hand at Masterton and single when he enlisted. H named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs James Duff, Methven. He was already serving with the 9th Mounted Rifles (Territorial). Trooper G. L. Duff embarked for Suez, Egypt, per the “Tofua” on 13 November 1917.

George married Ada Ruby Chapman in 1921. He died on 12 October 1957 at Palmerston North, aged 60 years, and was buried in Kelvin Grove Cemetery there. Ada died in 1978 and was buried with him.

His older brother, Reginald James Leonard Duff, also served in World War One; as did several cousins – John Thomas Mangin, who was killed in action in 1918 in France, Harold Leslie Mangin, William Francis Mangin, Orton Avena Mangin and George Stanley Mangin; and others connected to the family - Arnold Haswell Cartwright and George Albert Cartwright.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 November 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs); Kelvin Grove Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Palmerston North City Council) [04 December 2021]

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