Stanley was born in Edinburgh on 23 June 1919 and educated at Leith Academy, Edinburgh. He became a Spirit Salesman after leaving school and enlisted in the Territorial Army at Edinburgh on 8 January 1934.
He served with 4/5th Battalion RS, 52nd Searchlight Regiment and the Glider Pilot Regiment before becoming a founder member of the 21st Independent Parachute Company in August 1942. He passed his parachute course, No 27 at RAF Ringway, September 1942.
Stanley served with the 21st in North Africa, Italy and Holland, where he was captured and interned in Stalag XIIIB and IVC. After repatriation in the late spring of 1945, he was with RHQ Parachute Regiment at Newport, Isle of Wight until his demobilisation.
In addition to his campaign and war medals, he was awarded the Territorial Efficency Medal.
His post war occupation was as a management services officer until retirement in June 1983. He was a member of the British Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Services.
Profile information courtesy of " Leading the Way to Arnhem" by Peter Gijbels and David Truesdale published by Robert Sigmond Publishing 2008.