Ada Stanley (1871-1915)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

STANLEY, ADA. Staff Nurse. Territorial Nursing Service. Born Moss, near Doncaster, 8.12.1871. Daughter of William and Harriet Stanley. Trained as a nurse at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. At the time of enlistment, was living in Manchester. Enlisted in January, 1915, at the 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. Left for the Dardenelles in July, 1915, on a hospital ship. Contracted dysentery on board the hospital ship, Mauretania, on a return trip to England but she refused to leave her post until every sick soldier was conveyed ashore. She then collapsed and died on 22.12.1915 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, aged 46. Buried St. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD, ARMITAGE BRIDGE, HUDDERSFIELD. Grave location:- in North-west part.


Sheffield Daily Telegraph (30/Dec/1915):



In war, or at any other time, the profession of a nurse is the practice of self-sacrifice. In war, perhaps, the sacrifices demanded become greater, and in the death of Sister Ada Stanley, recently a member of the staff of the Sheffield Base Hospital, is to be found the fullest measure of that sacrifice.

Miss Stanley, who was a native of Huddersfield, and a member of the Territorial Nursing Service, was posted to the 3rd Northern General Hospital, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, in January of this year. In July she was ordered on active service abroad. She was attached to H.M. hospital ship Mauretania, and it was while she was attending patients being conveyed from the Eastern theatre of war that she contracted dysentery. She died in Netley Hospital on Thursday.

In the little wooden church erected in the grounds of the Base Hospital, the Bishop of Sheffield, yesterday morning, conducted a memorial service for the deceased sister. In addition to a number of patients, R.A.M.C, orderlies, and some hundred nurses, there were present the Matron (Miss Earle), Mrs. Burrows, Colonel A. M. Connell, and Lieutenants D. Stout and R. Furnell. Accompanying the Bishop were his chaplain, the Rev. C. F. Knyvett, and the Rev. Captain Cooper, chaplain of the hospital.

The Bishop addressed himself briefly to the congregation, and in simple language touched upon the heroic devotion displayed by the women of the country. The example of Ada Stanley, he said, should inspire those who knew her with stronger faith, and it should give comfort to those who mourned her loss. Great truths were exemplified at such times as these, and the beauty of faith was manifested in the deeds of heroic women such as Ada Stanley.

Many of the nurses were much affected during the service, and the scene in the little church, with the blue-garbed wounded soldiers and the white-capped nursing sisters, was singularly impressive. Several hymns were sung, and at the conclusion of the service the "Dead March" was played, the worshippers standing in silence. Sergeant-Major R. Whitworth presided at the organ.