Stanley enlisted on 20 Dec 1940 and was a member of the First Reinforcements that arrive at Dili, Timor, aboard M.V. “KOOLAMA”, on 22 Jan 1942, prior to the Japanese landing. He joined the unit as a Private. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hides” on 16 Dec 1942.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in Transport Section. As the unit had no transport, the Transport Sect was used as another Commando section. He returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion 3 May1943 and re-joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943. Stanley transferred to Far Eastern Liaison Office (Propaganda and Intelligence) on 30 Jan 1945 and flew to MOROTAI on 3 May 1945 and flew to Australia on 30 Sept 1945. He was discharged 7 Nov 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps