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Roll Call Corporal William Varney – 19 April 1944

William Varney was the son of John and Elizabeth Varney, of Glasgow.

He lied about his age in order to enlist into a Scottish Highland Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces in 1942.

William Varney qualified as a military parachutist on course 34 which ran at RAF Ringway in October 1942. He was posted to the 5th (Scottish) Parachute Battalion, and served in A Company.

The battalion, which was part of the 2nd Indepedent Parachute Brigade, fought in the Italy campaign  from 1943 to 1944.

Corporal Varney was killed while the battalion held defensive positions on part of the Cassino front. He died on 19 April 1944, aged 18 years old, and is now buried at Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.

Profile photograph courtesy of Jane Ramsay.

by Harvey Grenville

Army Roll of Honour: World War II supplied by Naval and Military Press Ltd

Name
William Varney
Rank
Corporal
Service Number
2992463
Regiment
Parachute Regt (not otherwise specified)
Date of Death
19/4/44
Theatre of War
Italy

Listed Operations

09/09/1943 – 01/05/1944 Italy

Airborne Forces service history

1942-1944 5th (Scottish) Parachute Battalion, (Corporal)