164966 Sapper George Ernest VARROW (d. 18 February 1917)
Died of wounds on 18 February 1917 in 6th General Hospital, Rouen, aged 29.
Ian Valentine based on research by John Stewart & CWGC records
164966 Sapper George Ernest Varrow was born in 1888 in Sudbury, Suffolk, the first son of William Varrow (a publican) & Elizabeth Mills. He was educated at Soham Grammar School, Soham Cambridgeshire.
His marriage to Beatrice E. Ham, of The Firs, High Street, Wivenhoe was registered in Apr-Jun 1913 at Lexden in Vol 4A, page 1287.
He enlisted in the Royal Engineers and initially served in a R.E. General Base Depot.
He died of wounds on 18 February 1917 in the 6th General Hospital, Rouen, aged 29, and was buried in Grave ref: O.V.I.5 at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. He is not named on the Wivenhoe War Memorial but has a plaque to his memory inside St Mary’s Church in Wivenhoe.
It is believed that Beatrice Varrow may have paid for the erection of the War Memorial in the Churchyard but it is not known why she chose not to have his name on the Memorial but to have plaque inside the Church commemorating his memory instead.
George Varrow’s name can also be found on the tablet in his old grammar school in Soham which is inscribed with the names of the old boys of the school who lost their lives in WW1 – Click here to see the tablet