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   Gilbert Stanley


Gilbert Arthur Stanley

Nickname: Gilly
House: Grigg
Year: 1948-1952

Joined the Prince of Wales School in January 1948 from Nakuru Primary School.

Memories of School:
Many memories - I am writing my "story" for my daughters, but the greatest attribute I got from PoW was Discipline - yes, on the backside for crimes (smoking) and misdemeanours, but also self-discipline, and the value of teamwork .You were in a "house" and that was everything!....Despite saying that, I believe that all us Kenya kids had a strong feeling of independence - we did not need to be led by the nose and could all stand on our own two feet from an early age...

  • Left PoW at the end of 1952
  • Mitchell Cotts, Nairobi January to June 1953
  • KPR full time in Embu and outposts June 1953 to July 1954
  • Kenya Regiment Training Centre, Lanet July to November 1954
  • In the UK (Army) November 1954 to May 1955 - Commissioned to Gloucesters, seconded to Northern Rhodesia Regiment (similar to a KAR) to serve in Malaya and Lusaka June 1955 to Nov 1956
  • Back to Kenya again December 1956 to May 1959, selling tyres - not very successfully!
  • Hong Kong Police May 1959 to September 1980.

    Retired to Perth, W.Australia 1980, held security positions in a retail organisation, and in a diamond mining company.
    Retired by employer as "too old" in December 1993 - all employees in the company over 55 were shown the door (now not legal!!).

    Now enjoying retirement with my wife.....we've been married for 40 years. Two married daughters and between them have given us 6 grandkids.
    Hobbies: woodwork, caravanning around Western Australia.

    (Registered 20 Jan 2004)

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