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James Duffy was born in 1882 in Wolverhampton, the son of Thomas and Catherine Duffy (nee O’Connell). He was the uncle of John Duffy, featured in a previous post. In 1901 he was living at the same address as John, 9 Faulkland Street, together with his sisters Catherine, Ann, Winifred and Mary, and brother David. By 1911, they were at 7 Herbert Street, and James had become a General Labourer.

James enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, embarking for France on 9 November 1914. By 25 September 1915, he was reported as missing, assumed dead. His death was later confirmed. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.