The Julian Johnson Collection

Date of Auction: 10th May 2017

Sold for £600

Estimate: £600 - £800

Four: Battery Sergeant Major W. E. Varney, Royal Artillery, late British Red Cross Society

1914-15 Star (51358 B. S. Mjr. W. E. Varney R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. Oak Leaves (51358 W.O. Cl. 2. W. E. Varney. R.A.); British Red Cross Society Medal for the Balkans Wars 1912-13, 1 clasp, Turkey, silver-gilt and enamel, reverse engraved ‘William E. Varney’, with integral ‘Balkan War 1912-13’ top riband bar, this loose, mounted for wear, generally very fine or better (4) £600-800


M.I.D. London Gazette 23 December 1918.

William E. Varney served as Sergeant with the British Red Cross Society during the Balkan Wars of 1912-13. He was stationed at Unit I in Turkey, under the command of Major C. H. M. Doughty-Wylie (who was to be awarded a Posthumous V.C. for his gallantry at Gallipoli) and Mrs Doughty-Wylie who served as Superintending Sister. Varney served during the Great War as Battery Sergeant Major with the 58th Brigade, Royal Artillery in the Egyptian theatre of war from 2 April 1915.