image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper
Born: 1884, Ipswich.
Died on or since: 13th November 1916, age 32; KiA.
Employed: at John Fisher Limited.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 43368
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 2333, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Louisa Maria Varley, of Vine Cottage, Duke Street & the late Charles James Varley.
1891 8, Salem Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 6 years old & living with his parents & brothers.
Charles James Varley, 30, a Plumber & Gas Fitter, born Ipswich.
Louisa Maria Varley, 29, born Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Maurice Gordon Varley, 5, born Ipswich.
Percy Edward Varley, 1, born Ipswich.
1901 8, Salem Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 16 years old, a Hosier’s Apprentice. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Louisa, 39, a Housekeeper.
Violet Varley, 9, born Ipswich.
Charles Louis Varley, 5, born Ipswich.
1911 32, High Street, Montlake, Surrey.
Frederick was 26 years old, a Clothiers Assistant. He was 1 of 6 members of staff living & working together.
Frederick‘s father, Charles James Varley, died in 1900, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa M. Varley – mother.
Frederick is also remembered on St. Matthew’s church Memorial.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion
The Battle of Ancre in the Serre sector was the last of the 1916 Battles of the Somme for the 2nd Battalion. The weather had been very poor with flooded trenches, many communication trenches being abandoned. The Battalion was sent into the line on the 6th November for an attack, but was later cancelled through more bad weather and rescheduled for the 10th, this too was canceled. On the night of the 12th the Battalion moved out onto open positions, moving off at 05:00 hrs on the 13th. Moving in extremely muddy conditions making slow progress through “no mans land” taking the first wave 45 minutes to reach the German lines. The weather had given them good cover, but all officers on the first wave were casualties, despite this, the Suffolk’s reach the second line. Holding it the rest of the day the battalion was unable to move more men up through the mud and wire failing to reorganise. The battalion returned back to the line taking 272 casualties.