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.
contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.
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In Memory of
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
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL