John Duff

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no:
  • Rank: Chief Officer
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: S.S. Glenfruin
  • Unit/Ship: Mercantile Marine
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 35
  • Date of Death: 26.01.1918
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Tower Hill Memorial, London
  • Grave/Mem Ref no:

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 171 Perth Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: Seaman
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Elizabeth McLaren Duff (nee Turner) 52 Peddie St, Dundee

  • Children:

More about John Duff

John has no known grave but is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial. He was serving aboard the S.S. Glenfruin, built by A. Rodger & Co., Port Glasgow in 1904 and owned at the time of her loss by Easton, Greig & Co., Glasgow, was a British steamer of 3097 tons.

On January 26th, 1918, Glenfruin,was on a voyage from Seriphos to Ardrossan with a cargo of iron ore, she was sunk by the German submarine U-103 (Claus Rücker) northwest from Holyhead in the Irish Sea. Sunk with all 32 hands.

John Duff   Chief Officer   SS Glenfruin

DUFF___Drowned at sea, on 26th January, 1918, John Duff, Chief Officer of the SS Glenfruin, of Glasgow, beloved husband of Elizabeth M’Laren Turner, 52 Peddie Street, Dundee.

Dundee People’s Journal 1st June 1918

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, further additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

Can you tell us more about John Duff? Some additional facts, a small story handed down through the family or perhaps a picture or an heirloom you can share online. Contact our curator...

THANK YOU for your interest in helping the Great War Dundee project. Please complete the short form below and a curator will contact you in the next few days.

    I am writing to: