• Francis Stanley

Army / Flying Corps
  • 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 13th Brigade
  • 3rd Brigade
  • Private

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Beechworth, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Perth WA, Australia

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    • Francis STANLEY
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    Francis (Frank) STANLEY was born in 1862 at Stanley (near Beechworth), Vic – the son of Richard STANLEY and Catherine CLUNE, who married in Vic in 1858 Siblings: *Catherine Ann b.1857 Beechworth – marr HARBER 1901 Albury, NSW; Edward b.1858 Running Ck; Henry b.1860 Hurd; Emily Ann b.1864 Hurd; Frederick b.1866 Beechworth; Clara Catherine b.1868 B; George b.1869 Eldorado; Arthur b.1871 E; Catherine Harriet b.1872 E; Edith Evelyn b.1874 E – d.1875; *William b.1877 Eldorado. Married Martha NAPPER in 1893 at Rockdale, NSW Martha died on the 21/3/1907 at Coolgardie, WA Only Son: Norman Francis – Born 1895 Rockdale, NSW Postal Assistant WW1: L/Cpl 435, 11th Bn – Enlisted 22/8/1914 Helena Vale, WA – DOW 2/8/1916 France (21). NOK: Miss HD Stanley (cousin) Storeman / Miner Widower NOK: sister, Katherine HARBER, Throssell St, Collie, WA WW1: Enlisted on the 21/10/1915 at Blackboy Hill, WA – giving his age as 44 Embarked at Fremantle on the A38 Ulysses 1/4/1916 as Private 4903, with the 15th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion – disembarking Alexandria 25/4/1916 Transferred to the 51st Bn 20/5/1916 Embarked at Alexandria 7/6/1916 on the Huntspill and disembarked Marseilles, France 14/6/1916 AWL from 6 a.m. muster parade 20/9/1916 at Etaples, and forfeited one day’s pay Rejected at Etaples on account of age and evacuated to England on the 29/5/1917 and marched in to No.2 Command Depot, Weymouth 30/5/1917 Invalided home on Euripides 21/7/1917 – 12/9/1917 (over age) Discharged from the A.I.F. 29/9/1917 On his return to Perth he was living at a Beaufort Street lodging house and working on the farm of Mr. P.A. Connolly Frank committed suicide on the 18th of February 1918 (aged 55) by cutting his throat with a razor in a lavatory in Weld Square, Perth, WA – his brother William stated that he had been brooding over the loss of his son Norman at the war He is buried in the Karrakatta Cemetery The West Australian (Perth, WA), Sat 21 Mar 1908 (p.1): IN MEMORIAM STANLEY – In loving memory of my dear wife and loving mother, Martha Stanley, who died at Coolgardie on March 21 1907. Not dead to us, we loved her dear, Not lost, but gone before; She lives with us in memory still, And will for evermore. – Inserted by her loving husband and son, Frank and Norman Stanley. Sydney papers please copy. Western Mail (Perth, WA), Fri 8 Sept 1916 (p.50): KILLED IN ACTION STANLEY – On August 5, in the 1st Auxiliary Hospital, France, from wounds, Corporal Norman F. Stanley, aged 21 years 2 months, late of Kalgoorlie and Cottesloe Post Office, dearly loved and only son of Private Francis Stanley, A.I.F., France. His duty done. – Inserted by his sorrowing relatives. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Thur 2 Aug 1917 (p.1): IN MEMORIAM Anzac Heroes STANLEY – In loving memory of Corporal Norman F. Stanley, late of Cottesloe, P.O., who died from wounds received in action at Pozieres, August 2, 1916; aged 21 years. Gone from those who loved him best, In a hero’s grave he lies at rest. – Inserted by his sorrowing father, Private Francis Stanley, A.I.F., France. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 18 Feb 1918 (p.6): IN WELD SQUARE – SOLDIER’S DEAD BODY CARETAKER’S GHASTLY FIND Frank Stanley, returned soldier, killed himself by cutting his throat with a razor, some time last night or early this morning, at Weld Square. About 7.50 a.m., Chas. Dancer, Square caretaker, found Stanley’s dead body in a lavatory. An open razor and a pipe were found beside the body. Evidently Stanley had taken off his coat before he took his life, for the garment was hanging on a nail close to where his body lay. Searched by the police, the dead soldier’s pockets were found to contain, among other articles, a military service medal, and an empty envelope, addressed to deceased, care of 4 Beaufort-street. An inquest has been opened. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 19 Feb 1918 (p.7): FUNERAL NOTICES STANLEY – The Friends of the late Private FRANK STANLEY, of the A.I.F. (returned), and of 4 Beaufort-street, Perth, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Anglican Cemetery, Karrakatta. The Funeral is appointed to leave Messrs Bowra and O’Dea’s Private Mortuary, 195 Pier-street, Perth, at 9.15 o’clock TO-MORROW (Wednesday) MORNING, per road. Friends wishing to attend the Funeral may proceed by the 10 o’clock train leaving Perth. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Wed 20 Feb 1918 (p.6): NEWS AND NOTES A Soldiers’ End – The Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association [sic, League], which concerns itself with the welfare of returned men, their families and relations, has instituted inquiries in connection with the late Frank Stanley, an elderly returned soldier who was found in Weld-square on Monday morning with his throat cut. The circumstances disclosed are pathetic. Deceased, who lived in lodgings, and is believed to have been a widower, had lost a son, killed at the front, and he had been depressed. He was a member of the 11th Battalion and had recently been working on the farm of Mr. P. Connolly. A sister of the deceased lives at Collie. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Wed 27 Feb 1918 (p.8): CORONER’S INQUIRIES A RETURNED SOLDIER’S SUICIDE In the Coroner’s Court yesterday, before Mr F.W. Collett, J.P., and a jury, further inquiry was made into the circumstances surrounding the death of Frank Stanley (55), a returned soldier, who was found with his throat cut in a lavatory in Weld Square on February 18. Sergeant Berry conducted the inquiry. William A. Stanley, a brother of the deceased, stated that he had recently noticed a big change in his brother, who had been brooding over the loss of his son at the war. Colin Campbell, a farmer, said that he had shared a room with the deceased in a Beaufort-street lodging-house. About 10.45 p.m. on February 17 he entered the bedroom. The deceased, who was there, seemed rather startled by his entrance, and said, in reply to an apology from witness for disturbing him, that he had not closed his eyes for a fortnight. When witness advised him to see a doctor he replied that he did not know exactly what was wrong with him, and he had no money. The deceased, who was of a quiet disposition, and perfectly sober at the time, had said several times during the night that life was not worth living, and that he might as well end it. In the morning the deceased, who was very excited, dressed quickly and hurriedly left the room. Witness followed him into the street, intending to take him to the police station, but lost sight of him. Dr G.W. Barker said that the wounds which in his opinion were self-inflicted, could have been caused by the razor (produced). Constable Newnham gave evidence that there were no signs of a struggle where the body was found. A verdict of death from haemorrhage as the result of a wound self-inflicted while temporarily insane was returned. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 28 Feb 1918 (p.7): Returned Soldier’s Suicide – At the inquest concerning the death of Frank Stanley (55), a returned soldier, who was found with his throat cut in Weld Square on February 18, a witness said deceased had been brooding over the fact that he had no money, and life was consequently not worth living. We have made inquiries, and found that deceased was not lacking money nor friends. He had employment in the service of Mr P.A. Connolly whenever he wanted it, and his relatives and friends were able and willing to help him had he been in need of their help. The reason for his despondency was, beyond question, his grief at the loss of his son at the war. He had almost reached the section where his son was fighting when the boy was killed, and he was ordered back. He had never been mentally buoyant after that. The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA), Sun 10 Mar 1918 (p.3): PERSONAGRAPHS There was a pathetic side to the suicide of Frank Stanley which was investigated by the coroner in Perth on Tuesday week, but which did not come out in the inquiry. Stanley’s only son went to the front and fell in defending his country. The father, although 55 years of age, then enlisted and reached France, but they would not let him go into the trenches on account of his age. He begged just to let him have one shot at the Boches and he would be satisfied. It could not be done, and eventually he was sent home, but his friends – including his employer, Mr P.A. Connolly – noticed he was strange and unsettled. He was not hard up as one witness stated, for he was in work and had his deferred pay, but he grieved intensely for the loss of his boy. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Fri 2 Aug 1918 (p.1): IN MEMORIAM Anzac heroes STANLEY – In loving memory of Corporal Norman F. Stanley, died from wounds in France August 2, 1916; only loved son of the late Francis and Martha Stanley. Re-united.