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Alfred James Francis Varney (Service no. 6/3190) was a First World war soldier with links to Lyttelton

Alfred Varney was the eldest son of Alfred Francis and Phillis Barbara Varney, of 76 London St., Lyttelton, Christchurch.

Born in Lyttelton on 9 October 1888, he had received his education at the Lyttelton District High School. Alfred had been a member of the Oddfellow's Lodge and was connected to both Lyttelton and Sydenham Hockey Clubs. At the time of enlistment he had been employed as carpenter with the firm of Messrs Hollis and Brown, with whom he'd served his apprenticeship.

Alfred married Caroline Elsie Mary Dean in 1915 and they would have one child, a daughter, Elsie Phylis May born on 3 May 1916.  

Not long after his marriage Alfred left for overseas service, leaving New Zealand on 9 October 1915 and arriving in Suez in November. From here he was posted to France, serving with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 13th Company.

Alfred was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on 12 October 1917 at the Battle of Passchendaele.

He is remembred on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, and the Lyttelton War Memorial.


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Alfred James Francis Varney

First Names:Alfred James Francis
Last Name:Varney
Place of Birth:Lyttelton, Christchurch