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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Albert Edward Varle

Albert Edward VarleBolton Chronicle 18 September

Connected to the 1st Border Regiment. He served in India and was wounded in France, and has been killed in the Dardanelles.

Albert was the son of John Varle b.1857, a labourer, and Catherine Varle née Fraser b.1862.

In 1891 Albert was living in Newburn, Northumberland with his parents and sisters Jessie b.1885 and Ada b.1890.

His father, John,died in 1898.

The family had moved to Bolton by 1895 but were back in Stranton, Hartlepool in 1901.

Albert also had three other siblings - Ellen b.1891, Annie b.1898 and John William b.1895.

His mother appears to have married someone called McLennen and been widowed again by 1911 when she was living in Bolton once more.

Albert enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers in December 1905 and transferred to the Border Regiment in August 1906. He served in New Zealand, Burma and India. By the time he left the Army in 1912 he was a Lance Corporal. He spent some time as an officer's batman. His medical examination on discharge described him as being 5' 6 1/2" tall with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and fair hair.

He returned to Bolton where, in August 1913, he got a job as a postman.

As he was still on the reserve list on the outbreak of the war he was recalled to the colours at his old rank and was rapidly promoted to Acting Sergeant.

He received a gunshot wound to his back while serving in France in December 1914 and spent some time in hospital in Aberdeen.

His mother, Catherine, was living at 3 Pike Road, Bolton in 1915.


Name Varle, Albert Edward
Rank Sergeant
Number 8885
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Stranton, Durham
Enlisted Newcastle upon Tyne
December 1905
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
21 August 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey