Stanley was born in Wednesbury on 9 September 1885, the son of Austin and Emily Winter. They were living at 51 Humber Road, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with Stanley’s brother, Austin W., and sister Gladys E. On 9 September 1903, he joined the Royal Navy (number 224670), and served on various vessels. On 12 August 1905, he was sentenced to nine months Hard Labour for
improperly leaving his ship
endeavouring to enter the ship by the chain cable
wilful disobedience of lawful command
saying to his Superior Officer ‘that he had no intention of getting any clothes whatever’
using threatening language to Superior Officer
He was discharged from the Navy. In 1911, Stanley, whose occupation was given as “general labourer”, was in prison in Stafford. I do not have further details surrounding his incarceration on this occasion.
He enlisted with the Shropshire Light Infantry (service number 11414), and served in France from 22 May 1915. On 29 September 1917, his name was listed in the Express & Star as having been wounded, but he recovered from his wounds and was discharged on 17 May 1918. He was issued with a Silver War Badge (number 412100) on 24 May 1918.
Stanley does not appear to have married. He died on 20 November 1940 at 376 Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton. His address at that date was given as 1 Pughs Terrace, Merridale Street, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £764 5s. 4d.