Stanley was a member of the First Reinforcements that arrive at Dili, Timor, aboard M.V. “Kalama”, 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 either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate.
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.
Stanley transferred to Far Eastern Liaison Office on 30 Jan 1945 and was discharged 7 Nov 1945.