Brian George DUFFIN was born 11 April 1939 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. He died 20 May 2015 in Charndon, Buckinghamshire, England. Janet Sandra KNIBBS, daughter of Harold George KNIBBS and Pearl Louisa Alice NASH , was born Private.

Children of Brian George DUFFIN and Janet Sandra KNIBBS are:
1. Steven Glenn DUFFIN, b. Private
2. Paul Brian DUFFIN, b. Private
3. Peter Gary DUFFIN, b. Private

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Brian's parents were Thomas George "George" and Irene May Crook who married in Basingstoke, Hampshire during q3/1936. I believe his mother was from Dummer in Hampshire and know that his father George was from the New Forest District of Hampshire, born in q2/1908. George Duffin and my father Harold Knibbs both worked at Fred Smith's, Agricultural Engineers in Basingstoke after the war. They also tried for the same job vacancy at Thorneycrofts in Basingstoke as a welder. Apparently it was a much better paid job. Harold told me that whilst he himself was a skilled and practiced welder, George Duffin wasn't, so George took a quick welding course before the interview and got the job! There was some animosity about it!

George and Irene Duffin settled in No.245 Kempshott Lane, Kempshott, Nr. Basingstoke, Hampshire, almost opposite my parents Harold and Pearl Knibbs who lived at No. 302.

Brian's mum, Irene Duffin died on 24th February, 2003 aged 88 years at a Nursing Home in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, the home at the time of Brian and Jan. George Duffin died in October 1986 aged 78.

From the Basingstoke Gazette, 28th February, 2003:
IRENE DUFFIN Peacefully on Sunday February 23rd, at Ammonford, West Wales. Irene formally of Salisbury and Basingstoke. Beloved wife of the late Thomas George, devoted mother of Brian and Jan, and a much loved grandmother and great-grandmother. Funeral Service at Llanelli Crematorium on Monday March 3rd at 11.45am. No flowers please, donations in lieu, if so desired to Friends of Annwyl-Fan Nursing Home, kindly received by Hywel Griffiths & Sons, Funeral Directors, 57 Betws Road, Betws, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 2HE.


Brian was a keen motorcyclist in his youth and I remember when I was a young lad, I would see Brian riding his trials bikes up and down Fuzzy Drove in Kempshott which in those days was a dirt track running off Kempshott Lane. He took part in motorcycle scrambles and trials and won many trophies. He joined the army in his later teens and started dating Janet shortly before he left the army.

He worked for some time at Kite Hill Garage on the A30 at Kempshott, near Basingstoke. He and Janet moved to Buckinghamshire where Brian ran his own trailer manufacturing business named Badger Trailers for several years. They later moved to a smallholding keeping sheep and ducks near Salisbury in Wiltshire and later, after retirement, to Wales and eventually to Charndon, Buckinghamshire.

Brian had an immense passion for anything filled with oil and moving parts. Click the image to see a larger version of him on his treasured Grey Fergie.

From the Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser on 5th June 2015:
Brian Duffin.
Sadly passed away on May 20th at home after a long illness.
Dearly loved husband of Jan, loving father to Paul, Peter and Steve, treasured Grandpa of Liam, Megan, Marnie, Fin and Libby. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral service to be held at Hampden Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham on Tuesday 9th June at 3.30pm.
Family flowers only but donations, if desired, for the benefit of ‘Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity’.


A poem by Jan, dedicated to Brian:
Although we laugh and seem carefree
And make no outward show
What it means to lose you
No one will ever know

There's a face we will always remember
A voice we will always recall
A memory to cherish forever
Of one so dear to us all

Your painful days are over
Your restless nights have passed
God took you in his arms and whispered
Peace at last


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Brian.

Sources for Brian George DUFFIN:

  1. Personal Contact with Janet Duffin,

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