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The names of 197 local men who lost their lives in World War I are
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James Albert Varley

Private
Essex
Born
Canning Town - 1898
Died
France and Flanders - 17 October 1918
Age
20
Death
Killed in action
Served in
Essex
Awards
Unknown
Memorials
Unknown
Lived
Kelly Road , Plaistow (now Kildare Road), London, UK

James Albert 's story

Thanks to Lorraine Melanaphy, niece of James Varley, for the photographs and information about him.

James Varley was formerly a member of the West Ham Battalion (13th Essex). Click here to read more about Pals brigades.

His siblings were; Jessie, Annie, Florenze, John, Henry and Thomas.

His father, also named James, worked as a steam sawyer. He also taught boxing at the club next to the Black Lion in Plaistow, and before that taught some well known boxers such as Tommy Baldock in his own home at Kelly Road.

Service Number
17967
Mother
Eliza Lucinda, nee Jory (from Busland, Cornwall)
Father
James, from Warrington, Lancs
Spouse
Unknown
Buried
Premont British Cemetery, France
  • Varley Family full size
  • Premont Cemetery Near Cambrai France J A Varley full size
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  • J A Varley and Unknown Friend full size
  • close up of names

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4 comments

  1. Lorraine Melanaphy
    December 8, 2011
    10:27 pm

    Hello,
    Did give details of James’ parents etc.but in case they are lost:
    His Father: James Varley from Warrington Lancashire.
    His Mother: Eliza Lucinda Jory from Blisland Cornwall

    • Martin
      September 21, 2013
      12:13 am

      Hi Lorraine I am the Grandson of Teddy Baldock and would very much like to get in contact with you. I have 2 pictures of Prof Jim Varley with my grandfather who can only be about 11 to 13 years of age. James (Jim) Varley gets a number of mentions in my book Teddy Baldock – The Pride of Poplar

  2. Lorraine Melanaphy
    January 8, 2012
    6:28 pm

    Eliza Lucinda Jory was his mother not his spouse! James was unmarried. James was a very good artist.
    His siblings were; Jessie, Annie, Florenze, John, Henry and Thomas. His father James did teach boxing at the Black Lion in Plaistow and before that taught some well known boxers such as Tommy Baldock in his own home at Kelly road,

  3. September 2, 2013
    10:37 pm

    Eu,Maurício Jory, Brasileiro,descendente do Sr. Joseph Jory,nascido em Lyon_ França em nome da família jory no Brasil,sentimos muito pela morte do Heroi James Albert, na primeira Grande Guerra Mundial.

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