Stanley was born the 28 April 1896, the son of Samuel and Annie Loft of 37 Grovehill Road and in 1911 he was a grocer's errand boy,
In December 1914 he enlisted in the 66th Company of the Royal Engineers. He received five months training in Ireland before being sent to the Dardenelles on 6 July 1915. He died a little more than a month later on 17 August 1915, aged 19, of wounds received in one of the British Army's biggest disasters, the amphibious landing at Suvla Bay in the August Offensive. Stanley was interred in Hill 10 Cemetery and is commemorated on the Beverley War Memorial and also in Queensgate Cemetery.
He was posthumously awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 15 Star.
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