Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Gunner Norman Wetherill Varley

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

"B" Battery, 155th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died 26th August 1918, age 26

Cemetery : Moyenneville (Two Tree) Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference or Panel Number : A.6

Son of the late John William and Sarah Varley of High Street, Wetherby.  Brother of George Varley of Raby Cottage, Wetherby, and Acting Major Oswald Varley, D.S.O., M.C., 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.

Norman was born in Wetherby in 1889 to parents John, a grocery store owner, and Sarah.  Norman's father  was well known in the Wetherby district for a number of years as he acted as Church Warden at Saint James's Parish Church and in addition to this role, he was manager of the Church School.

Little is known about Norman's early life in Wetherby other than he did not take up employment in his father's grocery business unlike his older brother George. Instead, by 1911, Norman is recorded as residing in lodgings at 2, Tavistock Place, Sunderland, occupation, Grocer's Assistant. Oswald, the youngest of the three brothers also chose a different career being employed as an Accountants Clerk.
With the grocery business taken over by George in about 1914, John Willian Varley died after suffering a "paralysis of the nerves" in June 1916 aged 63 years.
Oswald had already joined the British Army at this time and was granted a commision on the 23rd November 1915 as a Second-Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment. In a little over a months time he would join the 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, 17th (Northern) Division on the Somme.