Note: two shops in Melbourne and a factory in Dandenong. On his death, Darrell Lea bought the shops, and Sweetacres bought the factory. He came from a family of cooks and bakers, his father being a master baker and his brother Harry was a pastry cook on ocean liners. It is believed Stanley had this type of employment also, as I can find no shipping record or immigration record of his arrival in Australia. When WW1 broke out, he joined the army at South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The date was 24/11/1914 and Stanley was 22 years of age. He was allotted army number 5209 and given the rank of sergeant. He embarked for the Middle East with the 13th Australian Army Service corps company field bakery on the HMAT Berrima on 22/12/1914, proceeded to Gallipoli 21/5/1915 and admitted to the 25th casualty clearing hospital on 25/7/1915. He was transferred to Alexandria, Egypt and admitted to the Greek hospital on 9/8/1915. He rejoined his unit at Gallipoli in November, returning to Alexandria in the January of 1916. From there, Stanley went to France in March of that year and was promoted to staff sergeant on the 28/12/1917. He was granted 45days leave in England one month after the birth of his son. The field bakery was disbanded in June 1919 and Stanley was discharged from service in May, 1920. He was awarded the 1914/15 star, the british war medal, victory medal, ANZAC Gallipoli commemoration medal. Stanley suffered from bouts of malarial fever which continued up until his death. During these attacks, he would become delirious and would think he was still fighting the germans. He had not yet recovered from the horrors of Gallipoli and the Somme, suffering depression and anxiety. He was involved with some larger than life members of the racing fraternity, placing large bets when given "the word" about a certain race or horse. The famous 1924 Purser incident, a well documented plunge surrounding two horses in the Caulfield Cup of that year, was one such event. Being told which horse was the "goer", Stanley placed large bets on the outcome, when at the last minute, the conspracy decided to change which horse would win - leaving him owing a great deal of money. Stanley, a very kind hearted man, had lent quite a deal of money to friends in need or business associates, and could not get the money back when he needed it. Depressed and afraid of what his wife would think of him, he booked a room at the Melbourne Coffee Palace where he took a large quantity of strychnine. He died shortly after. The date was the 2nd December, 1924 - young Henri's fifth birthday. He posted a suicide letter to his wife which she got the following day, shortly before police knocked on her door to notify her of Stanley's death. It is significant that after taking the poison, Stanley realised what he had done and called for help, asking to be saved for the sake of his wife and family - but there was nothing to be done, he had taken more than six times the lethal dose.
Note: Stanley was a baker, later a confectioner. After the war ended, he set up
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