Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Rifleman Frederick Stanley
7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
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Frederick Richard Stanley was born in Coleshill in July 1889. The son of Thomas and Jane Stanley, he attended the Coleshill Church School. In 1911 he was working as a stockman for John Palmer at Springfield Farm, Ansley. He enlisted at Nuneaton into the 7th battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/721 and was killed in action on 30 July 1915. Rifleman Stanley is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
Coleshill Chronicle 28th August 1915 COLESHILL RIFLEMAN KILLED News has been received by Mr and Mrs Thos. Stanley, of Hawkeswell Lane, Coleshill, that their second son, Rifleman F R Stanley, 7th King’s Royal Rifles, was killed in action in France. The sad news was conveyed in a letter from the Quarter-Master-Sergeant dated Aug. 19th. The following letter was written by his friend, Corporal T. Allton, of Nuneaton. “I saw some of Fred’s pals in the 7th K.R.R. and they told me Fred (Stanley) was missing. When I went up to the trenches again last night I inquired again and I was sorry to learn that he was killed. They must have had an awful time of it up there. The German devils were using that burning liquid, and our chaps said it was terrible. It seems hard to think poor Fred is gone, but I was not a bit surprised, for you know these things are, what you might say, an every minute occurrence to us, but I also know it must be a terrible shock to you. It is a horrible thing this war, and no one knows what it is but those out here.” Allton and Stanley enlisted early in September. The deceased soldier was 26 years of age, and was formerly employed at Arley Colliery.
Coleshill Chronicle 31st July 1920 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM STANLEY – In loving memory of our dearly beloved son, Rifleman F R Stanley, of the King’s Royal Rifles, who was killed in action July 30th, 1915. In a lonely grave in France, Our brave young here sleeps; There’s a cottage home in England, Where his mother sits and weeps. He died while doing his duty, And he fought for England’s fame, And on England’s roll of honour, You will find our loved one’s name. -Not forgotten by Father and Mother, Sisters, and Brothers.