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Memorable Manitobans: Earle Calder Duffin (1886-1949)

Businessman, veteran.

Born at Winnipeg on 2 December 1886, son of Simon Duffin and Sarah Jane Calder, he received his early education in Winnipeg before going overseas with the 27th City of Winnipeg Battalion as a lieutenant in 1915. During the First World War, he became assistant quartermaster general with the rank of colonel and worked at the Canadian staff headquarters in London. Following the war, he stayed in England becoming business manager of the London Daily Express under the supervision of Lord Beaverbrook. A director of Bowater Paper Company, he served as wartime director of newsprint in England for one year after the start of the Second World War.

On 19 July 1921, he married Mabel M. Ryan (1889-1968), daughter of Thomas Ryan, at Winnipeg. They had two children: Earle Duffin and Anne Duffin. On 18 April 1949, he died in England at the age of 62.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Winnipeg native, Col. E. C. Duffin dies in England,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 93]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 27 December 2010

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