Stanley was born on 9 May 1892 at the family home, then 15 Dale Street, Cheadle. His parents were Thomas and Catherine, who later lived at “Woollahra”, Bramhall lane, Davenport and he had a brother and sister – Sidney and Elsie.
Educated at Hoe Grammar School, Plymouth, Stanley later found employment as a clerk working for a bank. In his spare time, he had served with the Cheshire Yeomanry – the cavalry arm of the Territorial Force and he was granted a Territorial commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on 12 October 1911. It’s thought that, by the time of the outbreak of the War, he was no longer serving with the Yeomanry as he enlisted into the local 6th Territorial Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. His medal entitlement records, at the National Archives, make no mention of the Regiment, confirming that he never served abroad with it.
It’s thought that he stayed in the UK, probably training new troops and was transferred to the North Staffordshires at some point. The 4th Battalion was originally a reserve unit but it went overseas in October 1917 and Stanley was probably amongst its number. His brother, Sidney, is also believed to have served with the Battalion. Full details of his service are no longer in his file at the National Archives but it appears that his stay with the Staffords may have been brief. In the late spring of 1918, he was known to be serving with the army in Italy and the 4th North Staffords were never in that country. On 12 June, he was back in Stockport on leave and he married his fiancée, Susie Firth, whose home address was 64 Lake Street.
At the time of his death, Stanley was attached to General Headquarters in Lille. He was one of the millions of victims of the pandemic of Spanish Flu of autumn and winter of 1918/19. he died at 39th Stationery Hospital.