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Victor George Stanton

24/10/1893 - 29/03/1918
Victor George Stanton
Source: Bromley & District Times
CWGC Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Other Memorials: St Mary's Church, Bromley

Place of birth: Bromley, Kent
Last known address in Bromley: 24 Plaistow Grove

Military information

Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
Battalion/Ship: 62 Sqn
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Number: Unknown

Family information

Parents: Noah Frederick & Fanny Amis Stanton (nee Frosel)
Parents' occupation: Police pensioner, publican
Siblings: Horace Frosel, William

Census information

Address: 24 Plaistow Grove
Address: 22 Pancras Road, Kings Cross
Occupation: Engineer’s clerk

Extra details

Victor was the youngest of Noah Frederick and Fanny Amis Stanton’s three sons. In 1911 he was with his parents in Kings Cross working as an engineering clerk. In 1912 he sailed to Canada on the Corinthian, stating his intention to settle in Toronto. His brother Horace had emigrated to Canada in1907.

On 2nd February 1916, in Winnipeg, Victor enlisted in the Canadian Army. He was described as being 5ft 10½ins tall, having brown eyes and hair, and a clear complexion. In April 1917 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was sent to the Front on 15th March 1918.

His death followed an action in the Somme campaign on 28th March 1918 near Villers Bretonneaux, northern France. He was observer/gunner in a Bristol F2b fighter, piloted by the Australian Lt. Michael Hugh Cleary, which took off at 12.00 noon from the squadron base on a mission to strife enemy trenches. Flying conditions were extremely poor with mist and heavy rain. The plane was brought down during this action. Lt. Cleary, the pilot , was killed on impact and Lt. Stanton was severely wounded and burnt. He was taken POW but died of his wounds the following day.

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