Private 8982 John Stanley

Killed in Action on Monday, 21st May 1917, age 34.
Commemorated on Bay 6 of Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 100th Brigade of 33rd Division.

Son of the late William and Ellen Stanley, of 34, Bernard St., West Bromwich.
Born: Wolstanton, Staffs, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 5th November 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived, not yet transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1670931/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
71 High Street, Dudley, Worcs.
William Stanley (49, Licenced Victualer, born Nantwich), his wife Ellen (49, born Fenton), and their 4 children: William (24, Furniture Salesman, born Silverdale), John (21, Furniture Salesman, born Silverdale), Mary E. (18 Nantwich), and Frederick (16, Iron Moulder Nantwich).

1911 Census
Neptune Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Boarding with Edward Ford (23, Machinist, born Tipton), his wife Violet Lilian (23, born Dudley), and their 1 child: Marian (1, born West Bromwich), was John Stanley (32, French Polisher, born Silverdale).

Personal Data

John enlisted on 19th August 1914 at Dudley. He was 32 years and 93 days of age, 5 feet 4½ inches tall, weighing 113½ pounds with a 35-inch chest measurement, his physical development was noted as ‘good’. He had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fresh complexion, and had scars on his right knee. John was employed as a French polisher and his religion was Church of England.

Most significantly, John had previously served 7 years as a Regular in the Worcestershire Regiment, so after a relatively short period of training at Fort Tregantle near Plymouth, he was posted to the 1st Battalion and landed in France on 5th November 1914. His next of kin was his father, William Stanley, of 27 Martin Road, Tipton.

In December 1914 John suffered a hernia. After initial treatment at No. 6 Clearing Hospital at Merville (Clearing Hospitals were renamed as Casualty Clearing Stations in January 1915), he was transferred by No. 10 Ambulance Train to the Hotel Astoria Hospital in Paris on 3rd December 1914. This hospital was situatd on the Champs Elysees, near the Arc De Triomphe, and was run by the Red Cross. After 3 weeks here, John was transferred back to England on the Hospital Ship ‘Asturias’.

After 9 months recovering, John was posted to the 9th Worcesters and went to Gallipoli on 23rd September 1915. Most of the fighting was done by this time, but conditions were still dreadful. John contacted Enteric Fever (typhoid), reporting sick at Suvla Bay on 15th November 1915. He was evacuated to Mudros, then transported back to Southampton on the ‘Aquitania’, during which voyage he developed pneumonia. He was a patient at the University War Hospital, Southampton, for 56 days from 4th December 1915 to 29th January 1916.

On 1st May 1916, John was posted to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion, Worcesters based in Devonport for training prior to re-joining his unit. This did not last long as John’s hernia re-occurred as he had an operation to repair this on 4th May in Devonport, remaining in hospital until 13th June.

It was 17th December 1916, a year after returning from Gallipoli, before he was sent abroad again, arriving at the 46th Infantry Base Depot in Rouen. Form here the was posted to the 1st Worcesters, and then finally to the 2nd Worcesters in February 1917.

After John’s death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £8/14/7d (8 pounds, 14 shillings and 7 pence); this was paid to his father and sole legatee, William, in April 1918. His War Gratuity was £13/0/0d (13 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that John had enlisted in approximately October 1914.

John’s father, William Stanley, was awarded a Dependant’s Pension of 12/6d (12 shillings and 6 pence) per week effective from 1st September 1917. His address was given as 34 Bernard Street, West Bromwich. The pension increased to 15/0d (15 shillings) per week from 7th June 1921, but William died very soon after then.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald July 7th 1917
Among recent casualty lists are as follows:-
Pte. J. Stanley, Worcesters, missing.