Soldier Jack Stanley loses his fight for life

Corporal Jack Stanley from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish), who has died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, more than two months after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan. Photograph courtesy of MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire
Corporal Jack Stanley from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish), who has died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, more than two months after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan. Photograph courtesy of MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire

SOLDIER Jack Stanley, seriously injured in Afghanistan two months ago, has lost his fight for life.

Corporal Stanley, a section commander who deployed to Afghanistan with C (Coriano) Company, Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group) in October 2011, has close family and many friends in Todmorden.

On February 3, his multiple was in the area of Pupalzay Kalay, east of Lashkar Gah city on a patrol tasked to improve the understanding of the area and the local population.

Whilst moving from a compound and crossing into a field Corporal Stanley was caught in the blast from an Improvised Explosive Device and was seriously injured.

He was immediately evacuated by helicopter to the Camp Bastion Role 3 Medical Facility where he received further treatment before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, said a Ministry of Defence spokesman.

Tragically, on April 8, after bravely battling his injuries for two months, Corporal Stanley succumbed to his wounds. He was 26.

Corporal Stanley’s mother, Brenda, paid tribute to her son: “Jack was a kind, generous lad with a ready smile. His dedication to his regiment was equalled only by his passion for Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

“He fought so hard to stay with us and the devastation we feel cannot be described. The world is duller without him and heaven brighter.”

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Mortimer, Commanding Officer, Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group) said Corporal Jack ‘Stan’ Stanley had joined The Queen’s Royal Hussars in December 2003.

“Right from the beginning he made a huge impression. Such was his ability and flair for soldiering he was quickly singled out to join the Regiment’s Reconnaissance Troop where he excelled.

“He was utterly dedicated to his friends and the Regiment, and this just shone through in everything he did. Hugely popular with all ranks he was known for his quick wit and ready smile, even in the darker moments.

“Professional, fit, robust and utterly determined, he thrived on the challenges of Army life, whether it was on operations in Iraq, or here in Afghanistan. He was fantastic at his job and also a renowned footballer. Both on and off the sports-field he excelled.

“We have lost a most outstanding soldier who was an inspiration to all. Junior soldiers aspired to be like Stan. He was gravely injured on operations here in Afghanistan and has tragically succumbed to his wounds. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult and tragic time. We will remember him.”

Tributes to Corporal Stanley have also begun to be made across social networking sites.

Among them on Twitter TMAZ@ThomasjamesC said: “Heart goes out to the QRH lads and the family and friends of Jack Stanley. Rest in peace.” while dean wilkinson tweeted: “It’s sad news to hear about local lad Jack Stanley who has sadly passed away from his injuries he got whilst serving in Afghanistan.”