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VARLEY, Thomas William Taylor
  Corporal (Durham Light Infantry & Chinese Labour Corps)
  Survived the war

03-Jun-1904 (SSHS)


There is no direct evidence that the details here refer to the same Thomas William Taylor Varley who went to the Boys' High School, but the relatively unusual name suggests that it is likely.

The Roll of Honour and school notes have T Varley, recorded as having been killed in December, 1918. However there is only one boy named Varley in the admission records for this period, and only one possible match in the census records.

This was Thomas William Taylor Varley, the son of Isabella Varley and John Varley, a house painter from Newcastle.

But Thomas William Taylor Varley actually survived the war.

He joined the High School in 1904, about four years after the death of his father, and left in 1907 to go to accountants, William Grant & Sons.

By 1911 he is recorded as being a pianist in the picture theatre in Killingworth and when he attested for military service, in December, 1915, he was shown as a music teacher.

After attesting, he was assigned to the Army Reserves with the Durham Light Infantry, but wasn't mobilised until 23-Feb-1917 when it would appear that he was stationed on the Channel Islands as part of the Lincolnshire Regiment.

On 13-Mar-1917 he was moved to France, and joined the British Expeditionary Force, where he served until, in October of that year, he was posted to the Chinese Labour Corps, where he eventually reached the rank of Corporal.

Thomas was demobilised on 21-Mar-1919, and died in summer of 1940.

Known Addresses
1891: Alfred Street
1901: 20 Hunter's Terrace
1904: 20 Hunter's Terrace
1911: Killingworth
Last updated: 11-Aug-2014 09:03

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