Rank: Driver
Number: 118060
Unit: (recorded as) B Battery, 56th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 3 May 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

The Thorley originated from Stockport but when the 1901 census was taken, James And Alice Thorley and their seven children were living at 5 Broad Street, Hanley, Staffordshire where James was a pub landlord.

It’s not known when they came back to Stockport but had returned by 1914 as James’ death that year is recorded locally. Little else is known about Stanley’s early life except that, as a youngster, he had been a sergeant in the St George’s Lads’ Drill Company.

There is some confusion over which unit Stanley was serving with at the time he was killed in action. Official records show it as 56th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, yet this Brigade was nowhere near northern France at the time, where Stanley’s name is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Arras. It was, in fact, in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). The circumstances of his death will now probably never be known.

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