Stanley, Arthur copy

Photograph from family collection

Father of Walter, who also served in the war

Born 11th February 1878 Wilsthorpe, Derbyshire

Married 25th December 1897 to Mary Elizabeth Stead at Swayfield Parish Church, Lincolnshire

Eight children: Walter born 1898, Cissy born 1901, Samuel born 1909, Edward born 3rd February 1913, Gwendoline born 1914, Kathleen born 1917, George born 1920 and Jack born 1923

Died 15th May 1945 in Radcliffe on Trent, age 67. Buried in Radcliffe Cemetery, grave reference L175

1881 Census

Age 3, living at 3 Ebenezer St, Ilkeston with father William, married sister Elizabeth Gamble, sisters Eliza 16 and Sarah 11, brothers William 13, coal pit pony driver, Henry 9 and Edward 7. Mother absent.

1891 Census

Age 13 at school living on Nottingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent with his father William (agricultural labourer born in Radcliffe 1836) and mother Hannah.

1901 Census

Living alone (although married) at 7, Grass Street, Ilkeston as a ‘colliery banksman above ground’. His wife Mary Elizabeth was living on Nottingham Road, Radcliffe with Arthur’s parents.

1911 Census

Age 33 living in Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent working as a self-employed fishmonger, married to Mary Elizabeth 34 (assisting in business). Three children: Walter, age 12, Cissy May, age 10 and Samuel, age 1.

Military Service before 1914

Rank: Private

Service Number: 5280

Military Unit: 1st Battalion, Derbyshire Regiment

27.12.95:  Attestation at Nottingham. Age 18 years 10 months.Trade: farm labourer. Height 5 ft 4 ins, weight 118 lbs, chest: minimum 33, maximum 35 ins; physical development good. Next of kin: father William, mother Hannah, Nottingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

30.12.95: Joined at Dublin

11.3.96: Admitted to hospital, Curragh with perforated membrane tympanum. Severe: complete deafness. Both ears affected. Proposed for invaliding

21.5.96: Medical report from Medical Officer in Charge, Station Hospital, Curragh Camp:

‘4th April, suffering from deafness and a profuse discharge from both ears. On examination both Membranae Tympani were found to be perforated. He has at times suffered considerably from pain, especially in the left ear. On examination with the auroscope there is a large perforation of the right Tympanic Membrane present. The left membrane is covered by a mass of granulation tissue. Is not the result of service or climate and has not been aggravated by vice, intemperance or misconduct. Disability is permanent – will prevent his earning a livelihood to some extent. Treatment given: Politzerization, insufflations of Alum, Boracic acid, Iodoform; syringing with Boracic acid solution; diet, tonics etc. Recommended for discharge on account of permanent unfitness.’

17.7.96: Discharged from hospital

28.7.96: Discharged medically unfit for further service

Military Service after 1914

Rank: Acting Corporal

Service Number: 20806 and 92431 (The Sherwood Foresters) then 642304 (Labour Corps)

Military Unit: 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, then 500 HS Employment Co.,  Labour Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, service abroad 1 month

Attestation: 14.12.14 Nottingham. Address: Main Rd, Radcliffe on Trent. Age: 38. Occupation: bricklayer’s labourer

30.12.14: Posted

5.1.15: Appointed Lance Corporal

30.9.16: Promoted Acting Corporal

14.12.16: Granted Proficiency pay Class II

8.8.17: Expeditionary Force France.


13.9.17: Wounded by gas shell and admitted to 7th Canadian General hospital at Etaples, then sent to War Hospital at Sunderland

25.12.17:  Inflammation middle ear, severe. Admitted No 3 Canadian Stationary

19.1.18:  To No 6 Convalescent Depot

As at 25.12.17: 2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters, C Company, 2nd Div. 3 yrs service, 5 mths with Field Force (FWR)

Transferred to 500th Home Service Employment Company, Labour Corps, Nottingham

29.10.18: Discharged from the Army as no longer fit for war service

13.11.18: Awarded a pension of 27 shillings 6d (£1.37) from 30.10.18 to be reviewed in 39 weeks

His pension record card show his address as Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent and a disability as deafness (double otitis media) in both ears (permanent). He was assessed at 50% disability and received a weekly allowance from 26.1.21 of 20 shillings (£1) for himself with an additional 17 shillings 9d (89p) for his wife and 4 children.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory, received in 1922. Silver War Badge.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Home address: Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

Other information

He was a tenant in one of the first council houses on Shelford Road. His son Walter also fought in the war.

1921 Census

Address: Shelford Road, Radcliffe

Employment: Builder’s labourer, W J Simmons Builders

Household: wife Mary, daughters Cissy, lozenge maker, Boots Chemists, Gwendoline, Kathleen, sons Samuel Aaron, Edward and George.

1922 Electoral Register

Address: Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: living with wife Mary Elizabeth

1939 Register

Address: No 8 Council Houses, Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: general labourer

Household: living with wife Mary, sons George 19, a joiner’s improver, Jack 23 a steel fixer and Costa J Thompson, age 29 and a general labourer.

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.