Born in Oxford in 1897, he was enumerated at the age of four in 1901 as visiting his grandfather Alban Stanley, stone mason, and Emma, both Wheatley-born, at The Wood (Coombe Wood), Cuddesdon. He was attending school in 1903. His Regimental No. was 5538. He enlisted on 24th November 1915 and was discharged as being physically unfit on 19th August 1916. Army records state that his mother was Lizzie Shorter (previously Cannon, nee Stanley) and his stepfather Frank Shorter, and that they were living in Station Road, Wheatley in 1915. He died in December 1973.