Harry Varley (c.1884-1915)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

VARLEY, HARRY. Private. No 14892. 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Ripponden near Halifax. Lived with his sister, Mrs Joe Johnson, 15 Station Road, Marsden. Employed by Messrs Robinson Brothers, Clough Lea Mills, Marsden. Was a member of Marsden Cricket Club. Was a keen football player and was one of the founders and chief supporters of the Marsden United Football Club. Enlisted November 1914. Went to the Dardenelles in August, 1915. Killed in action, 19.10.1915, aged 31 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated HELLES MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His sister received a letter from Private W R Cooper, of the same Battalion, who wrote, 'I am writing to tell you as a friend of Private Harry Varley to tell you he has unfortunately been killed whilst on duty. He was in the trenches putting up sandbags for cover when he put his head up rather too high and was shot right through the head. He only lived a few minutes and never spoke. The Sergeant Major dug his grave and took charge of his personal belongings. The whole Company send their sympathy to you in your sad trouble. He was my pal and it has given me a bad shock.'
ROH:- Marsden Liberal Club; Marsden War Memorial.

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