Born: 17th March 1903, Forest Hill, Essex.
Baptised: 25th August 1905, at Christ Church, Forest Hill, Kent. Parents: Catherine & Thomas Oliver, a Solicitor’s Clerk. Address: 52, Trilby Road, Forest Hill, Kent
Died: 9th December 1945; age: 42; died of Cachexia & Pulmonary Tuberculosis at Ipswich Isolation Hospital, Ipswich.
Residence: 1, Drake Avenue, Ipswich.
Occupation: a General Labourer.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1022847.
Regiment: Royal Artillery, 51 (The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Field Regiment.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas & Catherine Oliver; husband of Alice Beatrice Oliver, of Ipswich.
1911 40, Sunderland Road, Forest Hill, Kent.
Stanley was 8 years old and living with his parents & brother.
Thomas Evan Oliver, 34, a Law Costs – Draughtsman – own account, born Westminster, London.
Catherine Oliver (nee Giles), 35, born Islington, London.
Harold Thomas Oliver, 9, born Forest Hill, Kent.
Stanley’s father, Thomas Evan Oliver died 1928, Forest Hill, Kent. His mother, Catherine Oliver died June 1941, Kent.
In 1924, Colchester, Essex, Stanley married Alice Beatrice Morgan, born September 1902, Ipswich.
They had 7 children:
Stanley Lodge Oliver, born November 1924, Colchester, Essex.
Vera Alice Oliver, born April 1926, Ipswich.
Leslie Harold Oliver, born October 1927, Ipswich.
Dorothy May Oliver, born 1931, Ipswich.
Doreen V. Oliver, born 1932, Ipswich.
Audrey M. Oliver, born November 1925, Ipswich.
Denis Steven Oliver, 1940, Ipswich
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Stanley’s wife and children were living at their family home – 1, Drake Avenue, Ipswich.
Alice, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Stanley, a Milk Roundsman.
Vera, at School.
Leslie, at School.
The 51st (Westmorland & Cumberland) Field Artillery Regiment Territorial Army (TA) originally used two batteries the 203rd (Cumberland) and 370th (Cumberland Yeomanry). One of the first actions for the regiment in WW2 was the Norwegian Campaign in 1940, attached to the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division The campaign was a bid to stop the Germans from invading Norway and taking control of the ports. The Regiment was later evacuated from Norway in June 1940, simultaneously with the evacuation at Dunkirk. They were then sent to North Africa in the Western Desert, serving with the 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) November 1941. Taking part in the siege of Tobruk, with the 9th Australian Division. Their next posting came in February 1942 in Ceylon with the 16th Brigade. Moving again to India in 1943 joining the 70th Infantry Division, fighting alongside the long range penetration group the “Chindits”. Fighting the Japanese deep in the jungles of Burma.