Joseph Varah

Joseph Varah

Birth Death 5th Jul 1916 Pte
Border Regiment
Service #14681

Personal Details

GRO Ref 17351
Place of Birth Lamplugh
Residence at Enlistment Park Head, Lamplugh
Residence (Roll of Honour) Park Head, Lamplugh
Residence 1911 Census 4 , Brookside Cleator Cumberland, England
School(s) Attended Montreal
Religion/Church Attended CofE
Organisation Membership
Employment/Trade Iron Ore Miner
Place of Work Lamplugh Quarry
Family (Parents and Grandparents) Solomon & Agnes Varah (nee Haig)
Siblings Ruth, Margaret, Charles, Thomas, Jackson, Alfred, William
Wife's Name and Maiden Name Mary J. Varah (nee Adams)
Remarriage of Widow
Children's Christian Name(s) Henry,Agnes,John
Family Connection to Roll of Honour


The Victory Medal
The Victory Medal
The British War Medal, 1914-18
The British War Medal, 1914-18

Military Details

Regiment at Enlistment Border Regiment
Battalion at Enlistment 8th
Rank at Enlistment Pte
Naval Vessels Served
Service Number at Enlistment 17351
Date of Enlistment 7/9/1914
Place of Enlistment Egremont
Other Regiment
Other Battalion
Other Rank
Date of Transfer to other Regiment
Service Facts From the "Whitehaven News' 27 July 1916:

Mrs. Varah, of Park Head, Egremont, has received official intimation that her husband, Joseph Varah, has been killed in action in France. Pte. Varah, who was only 27 years of age, was well known in Egremont and district. Previous to his marriage to Miss Adams (which took place five years ago) he resided at Brookside, Cleator. He joined the 'Pals' Battalion at the outbreak of the war, and had been on active service for ten months. Prior to enlisting he was employed by the Moss Bay Company at Clintz Quarry, and was very popular both with his employers and the men. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

'Whitehaven News' 3 August 1916:


Mrs. Varah, Gill Cottage, St. Bees, has received the following letter from an officer of the 8th Border Regiment sympathising with her in the loss of her son, Mr. Joseph Varah, which was reported in our columns last week: July 24th 1916

"Dear Mrs. Varah,

I have seen a letter from you asking for information regarding your son, No. 8114681 Pvte. Joseph Varah. I very much regret to have to inform you that he was killed in action on July 3rd. He was a brave soldier and died a brave death. He did not suffer any pain, being killed instantly. We are all very sorry to lose him, and sympathise with you in your great loss. I trust that the great Comforter will give you strength to bear your great trial. Again extending my sympathy towards you,

I am

Yours sincerely,

T.H. Clarke, Com.S."A" Company 8th Border Regiment "
Battalion Diary or Nautical Facts

Death and Memorial Details

Age at Death 27
Date of Death 5th Jul 1916
Regiment at Death Border Regiment
Battalion/Vessel at Death 8th
Rank at Death Pte
Circumstances of Death Killed in Action
Service Number at Death 14681
Field of Action at Death France
Place of Death Somme
Battle at Death Battle of the Somme
Grave/Memorial Image No image.
Location of Grave/Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Grave Position Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Link,-joseph/
Grave/Memorial Country France
Private Memorial St Johns War memorial


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