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Thomas Edward Stanley

Servicenumber : 3606793
Rank : Private
Regiment : Border Regiment
Unit : 1st (Airborne) Battalion
Date of Death : 22-09-1944
Age : 21
Grave : Plot 2. Row C. Grave 19.
Thomas Edward Stanley was a son of Thomas and Florence Stanley, of Meols, Hoylake, Cheshire.
Stanley served with No 16 Platoon, C Company. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Stanley is known to have been killed on the night of 19/20 september. 
Stanley was buried in the Oostbeek War Cemetery as an unknown soldier. His name is on panel 4 of the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.
Eventually after more than 70 years his body was identified by the Recovery and Indentification Service of the Royal Netherlands Army and on 14 september 2016 Stanley, together with 5 other previously unidentified men of the Border Regiment received a rededication service (pictures of the service) and a named headstone was placed on his grave
Picture: 14-09-2016
Sources: Website CWGC and Roll of Honour


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