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Sergeant Stanley King

 

14255  9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. 

 

Stanley King was born in Great Cornard around 1898.  He was the eldest son of Amos and Hettie King.  Stanley had 2 older sisters and the family of 5 lived in Sudbury Road.  His father was employed in the matting industry, most probably at the W. Armes factory in Cornard Road.

 

Stanley enlisted at St. Paul’s Churchyard, Middlesex, and served with the Norfolk Regiment.  He is recorded as having first served in a ‘theatre of war’ in France on 4th October 1915.  The 9th Battalion formed part of the 71st Brigade and after 11th October 1915 the brigade was transferred to the 6th Division.  In 1916 the 6th Division saw action during the First Battle of the Somme at the Battle of

Flers-Courcelette (15th – 22nd September), the Battle of Morval (25th – 28th September), where it was successful in the capture of Lesboeufs and the Battle of Le Transloy (1st – 18th October).

 

Stanley was killed in action on 28th April 1917 and lies buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos, France.  The cemetery is situated just north of Lens and has 595 identified graves, some of which were brought in after the war from battlefields between Lens and Hulluch.

 

In the Suffolk and Essex Free Press on 6th June 1917 Lieutenant Bassingthwaite wrote of Stanley ‘He was my intelligence Sergeant.  He was a gallant and capable NCO putting duty before everything else.’

 

Stanley was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and Victory Medal and is also remembered on the Trinity Congregational Church Memorial now situated in the United Reformed Church, School Street, Sudbury.

 

©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008