Joe Varley (c.1895-1915)

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Joe Varley (c.1895-1915)

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, JOE. Lance Sergeant. No 1174. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Marsden. Second son of Luke and Agnes Varley, 28 Plains, Marsden. Employed as a spinner by Mr J. E. Crowther, of Marsden. Was a member of the Marsden Wesleyan Sunday School. Played the cornet in the Marsden Brass Band. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Embarked for France in April, 1915. Killed in action, 20.9.1915, aged 20 years. Buried BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, BOESINGHE, BELGIUM. Grave Location:- Plot 1, Row H, Grave 22.
His parents received a letter from their son, Private James W. Varley, who wrote, 'Yesterday afternoon about 3pm our Joe was hit by a bullet but mercifully he did not suffer a moment's pain as it at once made him unconscious. He lived about twenty minutes and passed away quite peacefully in my arms. Fortunately I was close to him at the time and I am thankful to say that everything was done that could be done for him both before and after he passed away by both Officers and men. He was buried in a graveyard about one and a half miles behind the firing line. Major Wilkinson completely broke down once reading the service.'
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall; Marsden War Memorial.
Brother of Private JAMES W. VARLEY, died at home, 6.5.1919.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission