Project Description


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

Died 15th May 1945 in Radcliffe on Trent, age 67

1881 Census

Age 3, living at 3 Ebenezer St, Ilkeston with father William, married sister Elizabeth Gamble, sisters Eliza 13 and Sarah 7, brothers William 12, Henry 9 and Edward 7. Mother absent.

1891 Census

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

1901 Census

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

1911 Census

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

Military Service before 1914

Rank: Private

Service Number: 92431

Military Unit: The Sherwood Foresters.

The period of Arthur Stanley’s pre-war military service is unknown.

Military Service after 1914

Rank: Acting Corporal

Service Number: 20806 then 642304 (Labour Corps)

Military Unit: 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, than Labour Corps

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

Attestation: 14.12.14. Address: Main Rd, Radcliffe on Trent

Age: 38. Occupation: bricklayer’s labourer

Had already served in Sherwood Foresters.

Jan 15: Appointed Lance Corporal

Sept 16: Acting Corporal

Dec 1914 to Aug 1917: Served in UK from where he was sent to France


Sept 1917: Wounded by gas shell and admitted to 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 Employment Company, Labour Corps, Nottingham

29 Oct 18: Discharged from the Army as no longer fit for war service

His pension papers show his address as Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent and a disability as deafness in both ears (permanent). He was assessed at 50% disability and received a weekly allowance of  20/- for himself with an additional 17/9d 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 in Shelford Road. His son Walter also fought in the war.

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: living with wife Mary Elizabeth

From the 1939 Register

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

Occupation: general labourer

Household: living with wife Mary, son Jack 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.