Born: 1893, Ipswich.
Died: 9th February 1915; age 21; KiA – South of Ypres.
Enlistment Location; Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 7914
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Richard & Mary Ann Last, of 21, Edgar Street, Ipswich.
1901 40, Currier’s Lane, Ipswich.
Stanley was 8 years old and staying with his grandmother.
Mary A. Gardener, 66, a widow, living on her own means, born Witnesham, Suffolk.
1911 Barrosa Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, Surrey.
Stanley was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment.
Stanley’s father was (Dick) Richard Last, a Painter, born 1859, Ipswich. His mother was Mary Ann Last (nee Gardener), born 1866, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Ann Last – mother.
Stanley is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich.
Extract from Lt-Col C.C.R.Murphy History of the Suffolk Regiment:
Throughout February 9th 1915 the enemy shelled unremittingly one part or another of the Verbrandenmolen sector. The trenches held by the 1st Battalion were in a shocking state, those on the right being two feet deep in water. Battalion headquarters, despite the attention it received from the enemy’s artillery during the afternoon, remained intact.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion: