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John VARLEY

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Surname: VARLEY

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Barrowford, Lancashire

Service No: 242710

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1916-09-03

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Varley was the son of Thomas Edward and Alice Varley, née Tatham. Thomas was born at Barrowford and Alice at Lowerhouse, Habergham Eaves, Burnley, Lancashire.

1901 Barrowford, Lancashire Census: 63d, Gisburn Road - John Varley, aged 10 years, born Barrowford, son of Thomas E. and Alice Varley.

1911 Barrowford, Lancashire Census: 63d, Gisburn Road - John Varley, aged 20 years, born Barrowford, son of Thomas and Alice Varley.

John was married to Alice Myers in 1916.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Varley, 242710, West Riding Regiment.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Varley, 242710, 1/6th W. Rid. R.; 1/5th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 5-9-16. [sic].

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Varley, 242710, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 3.9.16. France. To whom Authorised: Wid. Alice. Amount Authorised: £4 9s. 0d. Self and child.

Although SDGW and CWGC state that John died whilst serving with the 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), he is not listed as a casualty in that battalion’s war diary for the 3 September 1916. He was serving with the 1/5th Bn. when he was killed in action (see 'West Yorkshire Pioneer' article 20 October 1916 and ‘Medal and Award Rolls’).

John is commemorated on the Barrowford War Memorial.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Photograph © IWM (HU 93559).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private John VARLEY

Private John VARLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: VARLEY

Forename(s): John

Born: Barraford, Lancs

Residence: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Enlisted: Blackpool

Number: 7069

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 03/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: VARLEY

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 242710

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: (7069) 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 25

Awards:

Died Date: 03/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Alice Varley, of 24, Garnett St., Barrowford, Nelson, Lancs; husband of Alice Varley, of 22, Clifford St., Barnoldswick, Colne, Lancs.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

1/5th Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Moved forward via Martinsart Wood to front line Thiepval (2/9). On left of 147th Brigade’s attack on Schwaben Redoubt (3/9) – Official History of The Great War records that some loss of direction occurred during advance – heavy losses at German wire – failed to capture Pope’s Nose. War Diary records assault as a failure ‘the men fought splendidly and in many cases without N. C. O’s or officers . . . As a proof of the hard fighting there were 350 casualties out of 450 who assaulted the German lines.’ Relieved and to Aveluy Wood.

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20 October 1916

BARNOLDSWICK MEN MISSING

Anxiety is felt by relatives of the under-mentioned Barnoldswick soldiers, who have been posted as missing at various dates during the recent big push. Any information regarding them will be welcomed at the addresses given:–

Private John Varley, Duke of Wellington’s, 25 years of age, a native of Barrowford, also reported missing since September 3rd, after being in France seven weeks. His wife resides at 22, Clifford Street, Barnoldswick.

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20 October 1916

BARNOLDSWICK MEN MISSING

Pre. John Varley, 1st 5th Duke of Wellington’s, 25 years of age, a native of Barrowford, also reported missing since September 3rd, after being in France seven weeks. His wife resides at 22 Clifton Street, Barnoldswick.

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