Thomas Varey

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Sergeant Thomas Varey
Life dates
22 Jul 1914 - 08 Aug 1944
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Scottish Highlands Scout Section Scout Section Member 10 Dec 1940 28 Feb 1944
Operation Gain SAS combatant 04 Jul 1944 09 Aug 1944
Operation Gain SAS combatant 04 Jul 1944 09 Aug 1944
National ID
KZOA 136/3
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military number
Commissioned or Enlisted
27 Jun 1940

April 1931 to 1936 No. 2938101 with 213 Medium Battery Royal Artillery, Territorial Army, rising to rank of Bombardier.

He was in the Auxiliary Fire Service by 1939.

He enlisted and was promoted Lance Corporal.

In Dec 1940 he was posted to Auxiliary Units, Scout Sections, consistent with joining as the Scout Sections were being created.

Dec 1941 Promoted Corporal. 

April 1943 Promoted Sergeant.

1 Feb 1944 He joined the SAS.

4 Jul 1944 Parachuted into France as part of Operation Gain, but the landing site had been compromised and the enemy were waiting, disguised as Maquis. He was wounded and captured by the Germans. He was given morphine by a comrade, but was not taken to hospital. Instead, along with others, he was executed in a wood near Beauvais. The Germans had convinced the men to change in to civilian clothes on the grounds they were being taken to Switzerland as part of an exchange. After stopping in the wood, they were lined up and told they would be shot. As this happened, the men broke for the wood, two of them getting away. Sadly Varey was not one of them, perhaps hampered by his existing wounds.

He is buried in the Marrisel French National Cemetry, created in 1922 for dead from the First World War.

1939 63 Thorpe Street, York, Yorkshire
Other information

In 1939 he is working as a machine compositor and living with his parents Alfred and Annie in York. His brother Harry also died in service in the RAF.

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Caption & credit
Grave of Thomas Varey (from Dr Andrew Charles)

SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Dr Andrew Charles BA (Hons) MM; MRes