Organising Committee – Patonga War Memorial

Stanley John HORSLEY – Chairman of Committee

Horsley headstone – Tweed Heads

Stanley John HORSLEY was a private in the First World War enlisting on the 10 November 1915 at the age of 18.5 years and embarking from Australia on 08 March 1916. He returned on 31 March 1919 after serving with the 17th Australian Infantry Battalion. He saw active service in France in 1918 and received a fracture to his right femur (gunshot). He remained incapacitated and in hospital for some time after returning.

As a result of his service he was awarded the 1914-15 Silver Star; the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Prior to enlisting HORSLEY had been a baker. He was originally from Casino, NSW.

In 1922 the marriage of Horsley and Grace Mary Krauth was registered at Burrowa New South Wales. The Horsleys lived in a number of areas in NSW with Stanley recorded as working variously as a mechanic, baker and a wine licensee. After his time at Patonga, electoral rolls record him as a baker, he took up the license for the New Gunyah Hotal Lockhart N.S.W. in 1954. By 1958 and also in 1963 electoral rolls show the family back in Patonga. By 1967 when Grace dies it appears that the family had relocated to Tweed Heads.

In 1937 the properties at 17 & 19 Bay Street, Patonga were purchased in Grace Horsley’s name. In 1937 they sold No. 17 to Thomas WATSON. NO. 19 remained with the family till 1971. In 1940 again in Grace’s name they purchased 20 Bay Street leasing it to the Hamilton’s and later to Bertha HARRISON and Amelia ELLIOTT (advertisers/sponsors in the war memorial program) until it was sold to the ALLSOP’S in 1964. At the time of the 1937 purchase Grace was identified as being from Parramatta and the “Wife of Stanley John Horsley, Wine Licensee”. In 1940 it was a similar description but with the address as Kings Cross.

Stanley John Horsley died in 1981 at the age of 82 and is buried at Tweed Heads. Horsley’s headstone reveals the anomaly that he was born in 1899 and if he enlisted in 1915 as recorded he would have been 16 years old.

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