Francis Joseph 1924

Francis Joseph Dufty 1924

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Joe was born in 1924 in Thorne, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and married Patricia Shea (b1929) in 1950. They had two children, Nigel and Karen

Went to Blackpool Grammer School, matriculated, good at athletics, 100 yards and ran for Lancashire. Joined up in 1942 to the R.C.O.S. Trained in Egham in Ascot, ’10 P’ unit (permanent) then posted to Celon (1943) in signals Mountbatten in charge of the signals unit. Came home in 1947 and de-mobbed. After the war, joined the civil service (Customes and Excise). Joe and Pat married in Blackpool, Lancs, in June 1950. Met in the civil service 10th Jan 1948. In 1966 decided to become a teacher (maths) trained at Poulten Le Fylde. Moved to Hythe (Southampton) in 1969 to teach at Hardley, where he taught until his retirement in 1984.

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