Stanley was born in 1899 in High Wycombe and lived at 3 Hillside View on the Hughenden Road (the house is still standing). His parents were Francis and Sarah Powell and his father was a beer bottler. Two of his brothers, Francis and Frederick also served during the war.
He studied at the School in 1916 and won prizes for wood carving and soon after enlisted into the Hampshire Regiment (2nd Battalion) in High Wycombe. He was killed aged 19 on October 1st 1918 during the Fifth Battle of Ypres. He is buried in the Hooge Crater Cemetery in Ieper and remembered in the Wesley Methodist Church, High Wycombe and at St Michael’s Hughenden. His listing with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission can be found here.