Stanley enlisted on 6 Jun 1940 and posted to Australian Army Service Corps. He was transferred to 8th Division, Supply Column, Australian Army Service Corps on 5 Aug 1940 and was promoted to Acting Sergeant on 5 Dec 1940. On 20 May 1941 transferred to Headquarters, 8th Division, Australian Army Service Corps on 20 May 1041 as a Sergeant. He embarked for Timor aboard M.V. "RUYS" on 6 Jun 1941 as part of the advance party for “SPARROW FORCE” as the Australian Army Service Corps Sergeant, in charge of all stores for the Timor operations. He was appointed Lieutenant on 22 Aug 1941 and was wounded during one of the Japanese Air Raids prior to their land at Koepang and was in hospital when they landed.
He joined the unit on Timor, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942 and was in charge of all stores arriving from Australia. He embarked for Australia on 22 Aug 1942.
Stanley was posted to 2/103rd Australian General Transport Company, Australian Army Service Corps on 4 Mar 1943. He embarked for New Guinea aboard "KATOOMBA" on 31 Oct 1943 and enplaned for Australia on 3 Mar 1944. He transferred to 2/126th Australian General Transport Company, Australian Army Service Corps on 22 Mar 1944 and was promoted to Captain on 23 May 1944. He enplaned to New Guinea on 18 Jun 1944 and was appointed Officer Commanding 126th Workshop Platoon on 1 Mar 1945 and transferred to 151st Australian Workshop Platoon on 14 Jun 1945.
He returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 9 Aug 1945 and transferred to 146th Australian Workshop Platoon on 3 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 18 Mar 1947.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps