Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Photos courtesy Douglas Flint (with thanks to Graham Flint)
Stanley was born on 18 October 1900, the son of Thomas and Harriet Flint. His father worked at Lea Mills, as did Stanley, who was employed in the warehouse ‘papering’. He joined the services on 9th November 1918 aged eighteen, only two days before the Armistice. He was the last of the employees to be recruited and an application was in place for his return to the Mill on 28th August 1919.
The top photograph shows Stanley Flint wearing the cap badge of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), while the second, a studio portrait, shows him wearing the shoulder title of the Sherwood Foresters . Perhaps he was initially attached to the 8th Training Reserve Battalion, which had previously been the 11th (Training) Battalion of the KOYLI until September 1916. In theory, if this was the case, the men in the photograph should have been wearing the cap badge of the Training Reserve Battalion, though it isn't beyond the realm of possibility that the men still wore the cap badge of the battalion's parent regiment.
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