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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.

Below are a number of interviews in which Mr Duff talks 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, work at sea, working as a Station Master for Isle of Man Railways, and his later career in the Isle of Man Police Force.

The interview by David Callister discusses topics including:

  • Childhood memories: parents, food preservation, early school days
  • Career in seamanship and navigation
  • Cowley Crammag in Tholt y Will; local Sulby characters
  • Station Master for Isle of Man Railways
  • Joining the Army at the start of WWII
  • The Isle of Man Police Force: working conditions and pay; the CID

The interviews by Chris Callow discusses topics including:

  • Wells close to the Creggan, cutting turf, manure, making hay, horse handling, residents of Sulby Valley, land ownership, sheep farming (wool, meat, marks etc.), pigs, diet  and schooling.
  • Career at sea, including work on cruise ships sailing to South America and the Mediterranean Sea
  • Career on the Isle of Man Northern Railway, including various work, including being Station Master, at stations including Sulby, Peel Road, St. John's, Kirk Michael and Douglas.


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  • Interview with Hector Duff by David Callister (2003)

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  • Interview with Hector Duff by Chris Callow (Aug 2014)

  • Interview with Hector Duff by Chris Callow (Sep 2014)

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