ROBERT LEONARD VARLEY

 

Born: 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 14th March 1945; Age: 23.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 11062774.

Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment, 2/5th Battalion.

 

Grave Reference:

I.E.2.

Arezzo War Cemetery,

Toscana,

Italy.

 

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.

Leicestershire Regiment, 2/5th Battalion

2/5th Battalion:
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.

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