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.
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 as for a number of years he acted as Church Warden at Saint James's Parish Church and in addition to this role, he was also the manager of the Church School.

Residing in rooms above the shop which was adjacent to the National and Provincial Bank, little is known about Norman's early life in Wetherby. The family it would appear resided at numerous addresses according to the Electoral Register. Owning 'Freehold' property in North Street as well as their business premises, by 1911 the family are recorded as residing in the 'Bank Buildings,' a large property comprising of nine rooms.
The census of this year records that Norman was not resident in the family home at Wetherby but residing in lodgings at Number 2, Tavistock Place, Sunderland, his occupation being recorded as that of a Grocer's Assistant. The circumstances that found Norman relocating to the north-east of England are unknown as their appears to be no family link to this area but in about 1914, Norman's elder brother George had taken over the family business.
In 1915, Norman's younger brother Oswald, an Accountants Clerk, had enlisted into the ranks of the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Commissioned in November 1915 as a Second-Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment, Oswald would be posted overseas in July 1916 and serve with distinction on the Western Front. Shortly before his posting however, his father, John William Varley, died suddenly after suffering a "paralysis of the nerves" in June aged 63 years. Interred at Wetherby Cemetery, John left his estate of £4304, 17 shillings and 3 pence to his widow, his eldest son George and Charles Edward Whitaker, a Schoolmaster of Park Villas, Wetherby.
Residing in Doncaster, Norman Wetherill Varley enlisted into the British Army at the latter place in July 1916.