DUFF, Reginald James Leonard
(Service number 27247)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 8 May 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Methven
Occupation Teamster
Previous Military Experience Territorial - 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin James DUFF (father), Blackford Street, Methven, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 18th Reinforcements, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Mounted Machine-Gun Section
Date 5 October 1916
Transport Manuka
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
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Post-war Occupations


Date 21 August 1974 Age 78 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Methven Cemetery
Memorial Reference Returned Services Section, Plot 25
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Reginald James Leonard Duff was born on 8 May 1896 at Timaru, the eldest son of James and Mary Jane (née Hay). Reginald was a teamster at Methven and single when he enlisted. H named his father as next-of-kin – James Duff, Blackford Street, Methven. He was already serving with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles (Territorial). Trooper R. J. L. Duff embarked with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Mounted Machine-Gun Section, leaving Wellington for Suez, Egypt, per the “Manuka” on 5 October 1916.

Reginald died on 21 August 1974 at Ashburton, aged 78 years, and was buried in the Returned Services Section of Methven Cemetery, where his parents are also buried.

His brother, George Leslie 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, George Albert Cartwright.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 November 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs); Methven Cemetery burial record (Ashburton District Council) [04 December 2021]

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