DUFTY William James
Regiment : 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
Service number : 16952
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 17th October 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Loos Memorial, France, Panel 5 to 7.
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore C of E School now in Pershore Working Men's Club
Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Additional information on the memorial: Grenadier Guards
Lance Corporal, Grenadier Guards, D.C.M. Son of Captain Hudson’s man. Killed in action on 17th October 1915.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
From the Evesham Journal and Four Shires Advertiser, Saturday, September 18, 1915:
Lance-Corpl. W.J. Dufty, of the Grenadier Guards, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dufty of Pershore has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry while engaged in bomb throwing in Flanders.
16952 Private W.J. Dufty, 1st Bn., G. Gds. (LG 5 Aug. 1915)
For conspicuous gallantry on the 16th May, 1915, at Festubert, when, with the Company bombers, he was engaged in bombing up to 300 yards of trench. The bombers and one section under a Non-Commissioned Officer successfully blocked and held the trench after the bombs had run out. Private Dufty showed the greatest courage and resource, and gave a fine example of devotion to duty.
A photograph of Corporal W.J. Dufty of Pershore can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 25th September 1915, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/
William Dufty has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Loos Memorial.