Born: 16th May 1893, Ipswich.

Died: 31st July 1917; age 24; KiA during the first battle of Passchendaele at Poperinghe.

Residence: Baring, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Occupation: a Farm Hand.

Enlistment Details: Location: Grenfell Sask, Saskatchewan; Date: 22nd December 1914, Age: 21 years & 5 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft &9 ins., fair complexion, blue eyes & light hair.


Illness – 22nd December 1915 – No. 13 Canadian Field Ambulance – Pneumonia.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 115335

Regiment: Canadian Railway Troops, 9th Battalion.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 32

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Captain F. A. Bales, V.D., and Ellen Mary Bales, of “Auckland House,” Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.






1901   Cranmoor House, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.


Stanley was 7 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Frank Alfred Bales, 47, a retired Gun Maker, born Ipswich, Suffolk.

Ellen Mary Bales (nee Bennett), 33, born Ashfield, Suffolk.

Frank Percy Bales, 13, born Ipswich.

1 servant.


1911   1, Neale Street, Ipswich


Stanley was 17, a Grocer’s Assistant and living with his parents & brother.

Frank, 57, a Wine & Spirit Merchant & employer.

Ellen, 43.

1 servant.



Stanley Alfred Bales, age 18 years old, departed from the Port of Liverpool aboard S.S. ‘Virginian.’ He arrived on the 9th March 1912, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Stanley recorded his religion as CofE, and his occupation as a clerk. He wanted to be a farmer as his reason for immigrating to Canada. Next of Kin, Frank Bales ‘Auckland House’ Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


On the 11th April 1916, Stanley wrote his will – he bequeathed the whole of his property and effects to his friend – Miss E. Robertson, of Beaconsfield Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Edith Rose Robertson, born November 1892, Melton, Suffolk, daughter of Arthur Valentine Robertson, a coachbuilder  Harriet Robertson (nee Rance), 6, Albany Villas, Beaconsfield Road, Woodbridge.


Stanley’s medals were sent to his friend Miss E. Robertson, of Beaconsfield Road, Woodbridge.


Stanley’s Memorial Plaque, despatched on the 15th August 1922, and the Memorial Scroll, despatched on the 8th February 1921 were sent his his parents at their home ‘Auckland House,’ Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Stanley is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys. Stanley is also remembered on the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial, the 1st Pioneer Battalion Nominal Roll, at The Community Hall, Glenavon.



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