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Horace Stanley

Ordinary Seaman


OS Horace Stanley (click for a larger view)  (19362 bytes)

OS Horace Stanley

A card sent by Horace from South Africa (click for a larger view) (32663 bytes)

Horace Stanley was born on 29 August 1921 in the village of Woodville, South Derbyshire, near the famous brewing town of Burton- on - Trent. He had one sister called Hilda who was born in June 1920 and who still lives near Woodville in the village of Hartshorne.
As a young man Horace worked at the Albion Clay Company in Woodville but left there to join the Royal Navy in 1941 for a new career.
Mum and I read through the letters he sent home and I thought it would be interesting to quote the following from a letter he wrote in January 1942 since he was from an area famous for its beer.
" I shall be across for a drink of good old Burton ale as soon as I get home. We can get beer out here at 7d a bottle and some of them seem to
think it's good stuff. But wherever you go you can't get any to touch Burton, it's the best in the world."

My mother is 83 now and her only brother died when the Dorsetshire sank.
She was pleased to receive a printout from me of the crew list. I think she would like to provide information for the biography. Her brother's name was Horace Stanley and the family is from South Derbyshire where mum still lives.


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Information provided by
Maggie Cooke

In Memory of
Ordinary Seaman
H.M.S. Dorsetshire 
Age 20, Date of Death: 05/04/1942 
Service No: D/SSX 35989 
Additional information: Son of Fred and Edith Stanley, of Woodville, Derbyshire. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 67, Column 2