Stanley enlisted on 19th July 1915. He was 19 years and 9 months old and a taylor by trade. He was embodied into the 3/2nd Wessex Field Ambulance, then posted to serve with the 2/2nd Wessex Field Ambuance on 31st March 1916. He embarket at Southampton on 11th February 1917, then disembarking at Havre the next day he entered the war in France on 12th February 1917. He was the son of Robert H and Martha W Bawden of 49 Thomas Street, Porthleven, Cornwall.