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David Roy Stanley was born in Bendigo, VIC and was a Blacksmith by trade when he enlisted in the 24th Battalion, A Company on 6 March 1915 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915 and spent a short period on Gallipoli before being evacuated to Egypt suffering from pleurisy. In France he joined the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and was involved in the famous battles at Armentieres, Pozieres and Bullecourt. In November 1917 he was wounded in action near Ypres in Belgium, suffering severe gunshot wounds to his chest and arm. He was repatriated to Australia in March 1918 but remained hospitalised until his death on July 4th 1919.
His brother, Pte Herbert Edward Stanley, 8th Light Horse Regiment, also served. He was killed in action, 7 August 1915 (Tree No. 2808)
Tree No. 2810