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Place of Birth: Barrowford, Lancashire
Service No: 242710
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion
Division: 49th (West Riding) Division
Date of Death: 1916-09-03
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
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
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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Private John VARLEY
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division
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