Private Stanley Yardley
7th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.)

Town Memorial P10.R4.C2 *

Stanley Yardley
8th [7th*] Royal West Surrey Regt.,
June [July*] 1 1916

Taken, Not Given, Liam Sumption, L&DLHS

* The War Memorial is incorrect:

He was born in Battersea, enlisted at Guildford and was 'killed in action'.¹

The Leatherhead Parish Magazine of February 1916 states that he had been wounded ². What happened to Stanley Yardley and his comrades of the 7th Battalion, is told on Reginald Gray's page.³

1. Soldiers who died in the Great War (Queen's volume): Queen's Regimental Museum, then at Clandon Park, Surrey
2. Parish Magazine of St Mary & St Nicholas , Leatherhead: February 1916 issue
3. WO95/2214 War Diary of 7th Bn., Queen's: PRO

Further research

Rank: Private
7th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.)
Date of Death: 1/7/1916
Service No: G/4892
Son of Jessie Yardley, of "Garlands", Leigh Road, Wimbourne, Dorset.
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. E. 24.

His Attestation Record says he was aged 25 on enlistment to the Army Service Corps Home Regiment, at Guildford on 8th January 1915. His address was 4 Church St, Leatherhead and he was described as a Canadian farmer and was single. Some other Leatherhead men who emigrated to Canada enlisted there and came to the war as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Stanley came home to enlist. 

For some reason he is not listed in the May 1915 issue of Leatherhead Parish Magazine among those serving.

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser
Saturday 30 December 1916

YARDLEY, Pte. Stanley, of the Queen's R.W.S. Regt., son of Mr. W. Yardley, Church-street, Leatherhead.

His life

In the 1891 Census his parents William and Jessie were living at 7 St Phillips Cottages in the parish of Battersea. His full name was Edwin Stanley Yardley and he was aged 1, born Battersea, London. He was baptised Edwin Stanley Yardley on 10th August 1890.

In the 1901 Census his parents were living at Woodland Park Cottages, Stoke d'Abernon - William Yardley age 38, Electrical Engineer, born Bloomsbury; Jessie Moutell, his wife, age 38, born Pimlico, London about 1864.

Stanley's siblings were: George William, b 1883 Bloomsbury; Ivy b 1886 Deptford;  May b 1886 Deptford; Ethel b 1889 Deptford; Ivy b 1892 Cobham; Elsie b 1893 Cobham; Doris Jessie b 1895 Cobham; then Nesta b Stoke d'Abernon; and Clyde Nita, she was born in 1900, Stoke d'Abernon.

He does not appear in the 1911 Census, possibly because he was in Canada from where he returned later that year. There are two records of a Stanley Yardley arriving in England from Canada. As he Attested on 8th January 1915, the 23 December 1914 arrival date is significant:

Arrival Date: 25 Nov 1911
Name: Stanley Yardley
Birth Date: abt 1889
Age: 22
Port of Departure: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England
Ports of Voyage: Montreal
Ship Name: Empress of Ireland
Shipping line: Allan Line
Arrival Date: 23 Dec 1914
Name: Stanley Yardley
Birth Date: abt 1889
Age: 25
Port of Departure: St John, New Brunswick, Canada
Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England
Ship Name: Missanabie
Shipping line: Canadian Pacific Line

His father, William Yardley, died on 9th December 1918 (registered Q3 Epsom) at the age of 54 and is buried in the churchyard of Leatherhead Parish Church, section B grave 261. Stanley is commemorated on a kerbstone at his father's grave:


In Leatherhead in the Great War Lorraine Spindler writes of Stanley's father:

William Yardley was one of the earliest members of the Leatherhead Volunteer Training Corps. He was an electrical contractor and lived at 4 Church Street. In the 1911 Census he and his wife Jessie had lost two children by 1911. William and Jessie's eldest son Stanley Yardley signed up to the Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment at Guildford on 22nd of February 1915. This was  around the same time as his father was doing his bit for the home front by joining the VTC and guarding the local railway lines and bridges.

Stanley was killed on the First Day of the Somme, 1 July 1916.

William died suddenly on 9 December 1918 aged aged only 54, the newspapers reporting a ‘short illness’. His VTC colleagues provided a firing party in his honour at his funeral in December. He is buried in the Parish churchyard and Stanley is remembered on the headstone.

After WW1

From the Electoral Registers in 1918 his parents had been living at 4 Church Street, Leatherhead. His mother Jessie remained there after his father died that year, moving by 1920 to 15 Church Walk, Leatherhead.

The CWGC records Jessie's address as "Garlands", Leigh Road, Wimbo[u]rne, Dorset. That is where she would have been living when corresponding with them after the war about Stanley's headstone.

As Jessie was at 15 Church Walk until at least 1926 the Wimborne address is a bit of a mystery. By at least the mid 1930s she was with her daughter Clyde and (possibly) Ethel at 58 Harcourt Avenue, Sidcup, Kent. It is not known if she she was still there when Clyde died in 1939.

Stanley Yardley is also remembered on these memorials

Leatherhead Town Memorial
Leatherhead RBL Roll of Honour, Leatherhead Parish Church
Ladies War Shrine, Leatherhead Parish Church
Church Lads Brigade Memorial Tryptich, All Saints Leatherhead


Map showing Albert and to the east of it, Combles

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

the website editor would like to add further information on this casualty
e.g. a photo of him, of his grave and of any recollections within his family

page last updated 30 Jul 2004: 14 Feb 14: CWGC links updated 7 Nov 17: content 10 Sep 20