Private Patrick Duffy (T/178296) served in the Royal Army Service Corps during World War Two. He was the husband of Margaret Duffy of 5 Seaforde Street. Belfast, Co. Down.
He died at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Co. Antrim on 18th April 1941 aged 27 years old. Cause of death was gas poisoning as a result of The Easter Raid of the Belfast Blitz of 15th-16th April 1941. His son, Patrick Duffy Junior also died as a result of the attack.
The gas leak came to the attention of a Royal Ulster Constabulary patrol at 0145hrs on 18th April 1941. Officer R McClenaghan investigated, finding 5 people suffering effects of poisoning. A later inquest by Belfast Coroner Dr. HP Lowe returned a verdict of accidental death caused by the escape of bitumen coal gas. The cause was a short circuit in the electrical mains outside the Seaforde Street house.
Patrick Duffy’s grave is in Section B, Row HF, Grave 24 of Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.