Percy Stanley (1898–1975)


Seaforth Highlanders 22266  
Royal Flying Corps; Royal Air Force 127978  

Photo courtesy Victor Stanley

Percy Stanley in WW1

Percy was born at Kirkby in Ashfield 1 December 1898. He was the son of Malcolm and Eliza Stanley; the family lived at Fritchley. He served in France with the Seaforth Highlanders during late 1917 and transferred to the RFC. In late 1918 he was discharged with other local men to resume work as colliers. He married Florence Holmes in 1920 and in 1939 they were living on Folds Yard, Crich. Florence Holmes was sister to Charles Francis Holmes who was killed during the war.

Service Record
Percy Stanley 127978
Born 1/12/1898 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts; C of E
In the Army; Man Service 23/4/17 aged 18 yrs 5 mnth
Entry into RFC 26/12/17 then RAF 1/4/18
Civilian occupation Coal Miner
Next of Kin Malcolm Stanley, father, 2 Halls Factory, Fritchley [Note should be Hat Factory]
Height 5ft ?½
Transfer to RAF Reserve 23/11/18; Discharge 14/12/18
Address on discharge 2 Halls Factory, Fritchley [Note should be Hat Factory]

Medal Roll Index
No medals found

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier , 7 December 1918
Crich soldiers recently discharged to resume employment at the coal mine include Hubert Harrison, Folds Yard, Albert Byard, Parkhead, and Percy Stanley, the Factory.

The Courier 1 May 1920
At the Parish Church, Crich on Saturday, the wedding of Mr Percy Stanley, son of Mr Malcolm Stanley, the Hat Factory, Fritchley, to Miss Florence Holmes, daughter of Mr and Mrs William Holmes of Fold Yard, Crich, was quietly solemnised. The bride was given away by her brother Mr Samuel Holmes. The Rev RO Wilson (Vicar), officiated.

Percy Stanley's brother John Robert Stanley is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Kirkby in Ashfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Malcolm Stanley Head 25 Coal miner Leeds
Eliza A Stanley wife 23   Belper
John R Stanley son 3   Heage
Percy Stanley son 2   Kirkby

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Malcolm Stanley Head 35 Coal miner Leeds
Eliza Ann Stanley wife 32   Belper
John Robert Stanley son 13 Mine pony driver Heage
Percy Stanley son 12   Kirkby
Annie Eliza Stanley daughter 9   Pinxton
Lillyian Stanley daughter 7   Pinxton
Ivy Stanley daughter 5   Leeds
Clara Stanley daughter 3   Leeds
Wilson Stanley son 2 mo   Fritchley

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1918 Crich voters
Percy Stanley, 2 Hat Factory; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Folds Yard, Crich
Percy Stanley b.1 December 1898; colliery hewer heavy work
Florrie Stanley b.25 March 1892
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