Hector Duff

Hector Duff is the Isle of Man's best-known veteran of World War II, having spent many years visiting schools and speaking publically about his experiences during the D-Day landings and more.

Here Mr Duff talks to David Callister about his life outside of his war experiences, including: his childhood and school days in the Isle of Man, Cowley Crammag in Tholt y Will, working as a Station Master for Isle of Man Railways, and his later career in the Isle of Man Police Force.


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  • Interview with Mr Hector Duff

    Mr Hector Duff, born to Scottish and Manx parents, talks to David Callister about his memories, including:

    Childhood memories of parents
    Food preservation
    Early school days
    Career in seamanship and navigation
    Cowley Crammag in Tholt y Will
    Local characters
    Station Master for Isle of Man Railways
    Joining the Army at the start of WWII
    Joining the Police Force
    Working conditions and pay as a policeman
    The CID

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More Photos

  • Mr Hector Duff in 2013
  • Hector Duff in uniform, 1940s
  • The WWII conflict in Europe
  • WWII soldiers eating
  • The conflict in Europe
  • The conflict in Europe
  • Hector Duff with former WWII colleagues