Frank William Varley enlisted on 6th March 1917 at that time he was aged 17 years and 339 days. Having served in several training regiments including the 3rd Battalion. West Riding Regiment (date of transfer 9th December 1917) he was posted on 31st March 1918 and joined the 11th Battalion. East Yorkshire Regiment on 2nd April 1918.
He died on 25th October 1918 at 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, his cause of death was pneumonia, correspondence in his service records shows that this was due to exposure and fatigue whilst on military duty.
Frank who was 19, is buried at TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE (VI. C. 12).
Service records for Frank show his father Timothy and brothers John and Richard living at 7 Havecock Street, Claremount, his mother Amy is recorded as dead. Also, listed as next of kin is Miss Annie Booth of 9 Yews Green, Clayton, the name Mrs Cowgill is also shown with a Yews Green address.
Annie Booth is recorded as aunt on most records but is also shown as foster mother. The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects shows aunt Annie Booth received all his effects and property.
Tracing Frank on the census ties in with much of the information on his military records and gives a clearer picture of the family.
The 1901 census shows Timothy Varley (age 29) living in Hipperholme with his two sons John (7) and Richard (4) and his own sister Sarah. In 1911 Timothy is now married to a Martha Ann (married for 9 years) and they are living in Claremount with John and Richard.
Frank himself is on the 1901 census, aged one at that time, he is living at 9 Yews Green with Annie Booth (head) Mary (sister) Maria Varley (visitor) Frank (visitor). It is believed that Maria Varley was Timothy Varley’s sister and therefore Franks aunt.
1911 then records Frank living as a boarder at 15/17 Yews Green, with Isaac and Mary Cowgill and their two children. In 1911 Annie Booth is believed to have been living on Commercial Street, Queensbury and is recorded as a sick nurse.
Frank’s mother was Amy Helena Varley (nee Hornsey) she married Timothy Varley on 21 November 1892. Amy died in the quarter Jul-Aug-Sep 1899 this ties in with the birth of Frank.
As stated Annie Booth was Franks next of kin and received his service medals as well as his pay, she also received his private property which is listed as follows:
Wrist watch and case, handkerchief, polish, match box cover and sleeve, suspenders, shaving soap, tooth paste, button stick, knife, fountain pen, steel chain, cigarette case, leather strap, disc, letters, photos, cards, polishing brush, religious brush, wallet and bag.