Biography

Birth date: 13 October 1893
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Lidcombe
Death date: 13 September 1944
Death place: South China Sea
Final rank: Brigadier
Service number: 3495 - First World War, 1914-1918
NX35005 - Second World War, 1939-1945
N72830 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 45th Battalion Seconded 12th Brigade
  • 12th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 22nd Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 2/18th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Temporary Brigadier
  • Date of Death: 13 September 1944
  • Unit: 22nd Australian Infantry Brigade

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 13 October 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Second World War POWs and Missing Persons

  • Rank: Temporary Brigadier [T/Brig]
  • Unit: 2/18th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Theatre of war: Malaya

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 45th Battalion Seconded 12th Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Military Cross

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Bar to Military Cross

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 22nd Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

005515

SYDNEY, NSW. 5 FEBRUARY 1941. LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. L. VARLEY, OFFICER COMMANDING 2/18TH INFANTRY BATTALION, WAITING TO BE FERRIED TO HIS ASSIGNED SHIP, WHICH WILL TRANSPORT HIM AND HIS TROOPS TO MALAYA.

005515

H00391

Informal group portrait of from left to right: Captain Arthur Leslie Varley MC and Bar 12th Brigade; Brigadier General Raymond Lionel Leane CMG DSO MC; Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs KGB KGM VD; and Lieutenant E W Temperley, Aide-de-Camp to General Hobbs at the selected site for...

H00391

P00297.008

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION PHOTOGRAPHS - OFFICERS OF THE 22ND BRIGADE, 8TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES. TOP ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT: MAJOR DAWKINS, BRIGADIER TAYLOR (MILITARY CROSS) & CAPTAIN THOMSON. SECOND ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT: LIEUTENANT BUTLER, LIEUTENANT COLONELS VARLEY (MILITARY...

P00297.008

P01584.014

SYDNEY, NSW. 1939-10-28. GROUP PORTRAIT OF MEMBERS OF THE NO. 12 COURSE, COMMAND AND STAFF SCHOOL. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: MAJOR (MAJ) H. H. EDWARDS, LIEUTENANT (LT) W. L. CLELAND, MAJ J. ANSCHAU, MAJ A. L. VARLEY, MAJ C. D. HORNE, MAJ B. J. O'LOUGHLIN, MAJ R. O. CHERRY; MIDDLE ROW: MAJ A. POPE,...

P01584.014

P10689.037.008

Informal portrait of Brigadier General R L Leane and Captain A L Varley, reclining on a grassy knoll among the ruined buildings of Bellenglise. The officers have cigarettes in their hands and are surrounded by the remains of their lunch. One of a series of photos recording the journey made to...

P10689.037.008

Private Record

Film

The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (NX35005) Brigadier Arthur Leslie Varley, 22nd Infantry Brigade, Second World War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...

PAFU2014/340.01

Timeline

Date of birth 1893-10-13 Lidcombe, NSW.
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1915-08-24
Date of embarkation 1915-10-13
Other units 1916-03-06 45th Battalion.
Date commissioned 1916-03-12
Other 1916-06-05 Arrived France.
Date promoted 1916-08-18 Lieutenant.
Other 1916-09-02 Adjutant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-06-14
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-07-06
Date promoted 1917-07-07 Captain.
Date of honour or award 1917-07-14 Military Cross.
Other units 1918-01-10 Staff captain Headquarters 12th Brigade.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08-12
Date of honour or award 1918-09-16 Bar to Military Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-01-30
Date promoted 1919-02-28 Brigade major.
Date of honour or award 1919-03-16 Mention in Despatches.
Other 1919-04-22 Staff captain No 4 group AIF Depot United Kingdom.
Other 1919-10-04 Demobilised.
Other 1920-01-01 Captain, Reserve of Officers.
Other units 1939-02-22 33rd Battalion.
Other units 1939-09-04 35th Battalion.
Other units 1939-09-13 - 1940-07-01 Major, commanding officer 35th Battalion.
Other 1939-10-28 Course - Sydney Command and Staff School Commanding Officers.
Date promoted 1939-12-01 Temporary lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1940-07-01 - 1942-02-12 Seconded lieutenant colonel commanding officer 2/18th Battalion.
Other 1941-02-18 Arrived Singapore.
Other 1942-01-31 Administering command 22nd Brigade.
Other units 1942-02-12 Temporary brigadier, commander 22nd Brigade.
Date captured 1942-02-15
Other 1942-05-18 A Force (left Singapore).
Other 1942-05-27 Arrived Burma.
Date of death 1944-09-13 Drowned when Rakuyo MAaru sunk by US submarine.