17092/313131 Boy Alexander (Albert) Varney 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers


1905 Jan/Mar . Born West Bromwich. Son of Edwin Vareny and Emily (nee) Sampson. He was the youngest of 8 children. The 4 youngest ones were in the workhouse school by 1911

1911 census at Wigmore Workhouse School, West Bromwich

Wigmore School West Bromwich Children were viewed as not morally responsible for their destitution so the Poor Law Commissioners' encouraged local workhouse unions to combine to build joint Poor Law Schools for pauper children away from the workhouse and in rural settings as far as possible. Prior to this children from the West Bromwich Workhouse were sent to an Industrial School in Stoke-on-Trent. West Bromwich and Walsall Unions combined to build Wigmore District School in 1869. It was very much like a workhouse type building designed by S. E. Brindley of Birmingham. It was built on a long corridor plan with administration and staff rooms in the centre and workshops/classrooms on either side. The children's accommodation was in large dormitories on the first floor. There was accommodation for up to 400 children. When the School first opened there were 213 children admitted, 157 from the West Bromwich Union and 56 from Walsall Union. The boys were taught industrial or agricultural trades and the girls were trained as domestic servants or to work in factories. The school finally closed to workhouse children in 1934

1919 Mar 26. Enlisted aged 14. ‘Musician’

1921 May 7 Died of pneumonia Enniskillen aged 16, from West Bromwich. Buried at Breandrum Cemetery, County Fermanagh CWGC

British Soldiers died in Ireland