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Edmund Duffy

3/4 portrait of Private Edmund Duffy. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-D1525. No known copyright.

3/4 portrait of Private Edmund Duffy. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special …


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  • Forenames
    • Edmund AWMM
    • Edmund William Public - Mary Jeanette Vivian - Direct descendant - 12 August 2022 - Family History
  • Surname
    • Duffy AWMM
    • Duffy Public - Mary Jeanette Vivian - Direct descendant - 12 August 2022 - Family History
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lavea AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/1384 AWMM
    • WWI 16/1384 Public - Mary Jeanette Vivian - Direct descendant - 12 August 2022 - Family History
  • Gender
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 July 1893 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra NanumeaTuvalu Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    A. Duffy (brother), Apia, Samoa, Pacific Islands AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/1384 AWMM
    • WWI 16/1384 Public - Mary Jeanette Vivian - Direct descendant - 12 August 2022 - Family History
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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    WW1 Unknown AWMM Overseer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Edmund was born in Nanumea in the Tuvalu islands. His father was of Irish and his mother Cook island descent. They moved to Western Samoa when Edmund was 5 or 6 years old. The Duffy family loved their time spent living in Tuvalu and gave their children Tuvaluan nicknames. Edmunds was Lavea and he named one of his sons Lavea also.

    Duffy arrived on the Talune in Auckland, New Zealand from Apia, Samoa, with James Swanney and Robert Stowers on 31 January 1916.

    War service: Egypt, Palestine, Western Front
    Disembarked Suez, 23 June 1916.
    Embarked Alexandria, 26 July 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, 7 August 1916.

    Proceeded from Sling Camp overseas to France, 28 August 1916; posted to and join Pioneer Bn, in the field, 9 September 1916.
    Admitted to No 2 NZ Field Ambulance, 8 December 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 13 December 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 16 December 1916; rejoined unit, in the field, 1 January 1917.
    Admitted to No 3 NZ Field Ambulance, 12 April 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to No 2 NZ Field Ambulance, 13 April 1917; discharged to Reinforcements Camp, 20 April 1917; rejoined unit, 21 April 1917.
    Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to No 32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 8 June 1917; to England, 10 June 1917, and admitted same day to No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst; transferred to NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, 26 June 1917.
    Detailed for course of instruction, Bethnal Green, London, 16 July 1917.
    Attached to strength of NZ Command Depot, Codford, 8 September 1917; on leave until 24 September 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 2 December 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 25 December 1917.
    Detached to Rarotongan Company, 14 January 1918.
    Embarked from Marseilles for Egypt, 21 January 1918; disembarked Alexandria, 4 February 1918; marched into Training Regiment, Moascar, 5 February 1918.
    Transferred to Rarotongan Company, Jaffa, 16 May 1918.
    Admitted to 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, 13 July 1918 (malaria); transferred to 27th General Hospital, Abbassia, 23 July 1918; ischarged to duty, 2 August 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Suez on board HT 'Malta', 13 December 1918; discharged, 7 March 1919.
    Total war service: 3 years 33 days (of which 2 years 267 days were abroad) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
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  • Obituary
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  • Edmund Duffy is my great, great grandfather. He is truly loved by his family. From what I have learnt about him, he did us a great service when he fought in world war 1. He will always be remembered as a brave soldier who made sacrifices for his family and country. I am so proud of my great,great grandfather and love learning more about him. Love Mariella.
    Public - Mariella - Direct descendant - 29 April 2024
  • Sending love from Brisbane, Australia. 🤍
    Public - Kitana - Other relative - 5 March 2021
  • We are so proud of what you have done for us 🙂 LEST WE FORGET ❤️

    Edmund William Duffy is my Great Grandfather, I am the granddaughter of his son Edmund Andrew Duffy who was also an amazing man. REST IN PEACE ❤️ LEST WE FORGET
    Public - Maureen - 25 April 2020
  • Thought about you all day today Grand Dad.
    I've never forgotten everything my beautiful mum Peggy Irwin-Duffy told me about you.
    We are immensely proud of you! What amazing soldier you must of been💝My mum often talked about you I wish I had the opportunity to grow up knowing you. Alofa atu😘Your grand daughter Jayne xx
    Public - Jayne - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018
  • Honoring Granddad on ANZAC. For ever remembered with love.
    With love your Grand daughter Linda & family.
    Public - Linda - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018
  • This is my first ever tribute to my grandfather Edmund Willian DUFFY on this website. I am his grandson to his oldest daughter Sylvia Theresa, and it’s a real honour to see for the first time his contribution to freedom for his country and his family (all over the world and in Samoa) during WW1. I am extremely proud of him and all those ‘Fitafita mai Samoa’ who took the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We miss and love you greatly grandpa, we will always remember you. Loving memory from Edmund and family, Sydney Australia.

    Public - Edmund - Direct descendant - 24 April 2018
  • Thinking of you Granddad. We visited Gallipoli Exhibition at Te Papa today. Heart warming and very emotional experience. Love your Grand Daughters Linda & Tricia.
    Public - Linda & Tricia - Direct descendant - 24 July 2017
  • Hi Grand dad, thinking of you, wishing I had got to meet you.
    So proud of you and all the men that went to war to make the world a better place to live in.
    Happy Birthday for the 18th July
    Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 8 July 2017
  • Have been doing lots of research for your family Grandpa. Found photos at Akld Library last year and told the guy who you were. This year I see you have made it to a booklet for heritage Akld. Who would have thought it huh. My grandpa. A STAR!! It's almost ANZAC so my thoughts are with you always.✝✝ Well done to all the Islanders​ who went to war. Not a nice experience for any of you. We Will Remember Them.
    Public - Mary Elizabeth - 22 April 2017
  • Thinking of you Grand-dad at this special time of the year. Remembering you and all the ANZACS who sacrificed their lives to give us a better future. Linda x x
    Public - Linda - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • So proud of you Pa. Love you heaps ♥♡♥
    Public - Frances - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • HMNZT 52.The bugle call of the 12th NZ Reinforcements : being the souvenir number of The Mokoia chronicle.(1916). On board ship: Published on board H.M.N.Z. Transport no. 52 "S.S. Mokoia". AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      31: 26 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Liava'a, C. (2013). Le fitafita mai Samoa = The force from Samoa : soldiers from the Samoan Islands in the Great War. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 April 2024MariellaAuckland, New Zealand Direct descendant
12 August 2022Mary Jeanette VivianApiaDirect descendant
05 March 2021KitanaBrisbane, Australia Other relative
25 April 2020MaureenBrisbane, AustraliaOther
25 April 2018JayneAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant

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