Duncan had been born in Romiley, the son of Alexander and Mary. The 1901 Census shows Alexander, then aged 32, to be earning a living as a pattern maker working in wood. Mary was aged 34. The Census records Duncan, aged 9 and his brothers and sisters - Agnes (11), Alexander (6), James (2), May (4) and Stuart (9).
As an adult, Duncan had joined the local Battalion of the Territorial Army. His original service number, 625, indicates that he had been a member for some time. He would have been mobilised in August 1914, going overseas in the November. An account of the Battalion's early months is here. He had also married, but the first name of his wife is not known.
Duncan was killed in what was Stockport's worst day of the war for casualties. Click here for an accout of the day.
By the time the War Graves Commission was collating its records in the early 1920s, his widow had remarried, to a Mr Jordan, and had moved away from the area. She was living at The Hollies, Clee Hill, Shropshire.