Born: 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 14th March 1945; Age: 23.
Employed: Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 11062774.
Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment, 2/5th Battalion.
Father: Arthur William Varley, born 1889, Ipswich – died 1940, Ipswich.
Mother: Florence Ethel Varley (nee Young), born 1891, Ipswich – died 1927, Ipswich.
Robert is remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.
The Battalion throughout the war was part of the 46th North Midland Division. It also became part of the BEF
May 1940: It was evacuated from Dunkirk and returned to the UK.
January 1943: Landed in North Africa. Saw action in Tunisia
February 1943: The Battalion was involved in action at the Battle of Kassarine Pass. Here it suffured heavy losses.
September 1943: Involved in action at Salerno in Italy.
January – June 1944: It moved to the Middle East where it was re-equipped and brought back up to strength.
August 1944: It returned to Italy to take part in the battle against the Gothic Line.
December 1944: The Battalion flew to Athens where it fought and where it remained until the Greek Government was restored in the Epirus.
1945: It returned to Italy.
May 1946: By now had moved to Austria where the Battalion disbanded.