Henry James Duffin (also spelled Duffen), known as Harry, was born in Birmingham, England on 4 July 1885.
He was the son of Herbert Duffin, a housepainter, and the former Bridget Emily Hill, natives of Norfolk and Worcestershire, respectively. He had five younger siblings.
In Liverpool in 1908 he was married1, but details about his family life remain unclear.
In April 1912 he was serving as a sculleryman aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic.
Following the Titanic Duffin continued to work at sea, later as a ship’s butcher and did so during WWI with the merchant fleet before serving with the Army Service Corps. He was serving as ship’s butcher aboard an eastward-bound voyage of the Highland Monarch in December 1932 when he went missing from the ship, believed drowned: