Stanley William Lisby

Stanley William Lisby ©

Stanley William Lisby ©

Date of birth: 3rd February 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1913
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 152749
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 139th Battery
Died: 8th September 1918 aged 32 years
Death location: France




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Life before the War
Stanley’s father William came from Poole in Dorset where he was born in 1858; William’s mother Matilda Jane, nee Mitchell, was born in Southampton in 1861.  William and Matilda married in 1885 Southampton.

When William died in 1924 he left a probate naming his wife:
“Lisby William of Howard Road and of 32 Upper Canal Walk both in Southampton died 4 September 1924 at 31 Howard Road. Probate London 25 November 1924 to Matilda Jennie Lisby widow. Effects £2418 12s 4d”

Matilda passed away in 1940 leaving a probate:
“Lisby Matilda Jane of 110 Upper Cedar Road Southampton widow died 15 March 1940. Probate London 8 may 1940 to Vincent Charles Lisby solicitor. Effects £2031 2s 9d”

Stanley had just one sibling, a younger brother Leslie Norman, who also died whilst serving his country in WW1.  Please select Leslie’s name to be read more of his story.

In 1891 the family lived at 15 Ordnance Road, Southampton. William was a Grocer which was his own business. His mother in law, Matilda Mitchell, a widow, was living with them on “her own means”.  William engaged a domestic servant.

The family had moved to 13 London Road by 1901 and was still living there in 1911. William’s mother in law was still living with the family.  Again, a general domestic servant was hired to help them in their home. William still had his Grocers Business and in 1911 his son Stanley was working with him.  In this year Leslie was an Accountant’s Articled Clerk.

Southampton’s Commercial Directory
1907 –Lisby William, Grocer, 32 Canal Walk.
1916 – 1917 – Lisby William, Grocer, 32 Canal Walk

In 1913 Stanley married Lilian Kate Vincent in Southampton.  When he died in 1918 he left a Probate naming his wife:
“Lisby Stanley William of 57 Avenue Road Southampton gunner 139th siege battery R.G.A. died 8 September 1918 at 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station France or Belgium. Administration Winchester 26 February to Lilian Kate Lisby widow. Effects £223 16s 8d”


War Service  

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1895 – 1901

Education and Employment: Stanley was born on 3rd February 1886 in Southampton. He attended Miss Martin’s Prep before joining Taunton’s School. Stanley became a Grocer like his father, upon leaving school.

Life during the war: Stanley lived with his parents on London Road in Southampton. In 1913 he married Lilian Kate Vincent and they lived on Avenue Road. He enlisted in Southampton and served as a Gunner in the 139th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Stanley died of his wounds at the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in France or Flanders. He is buried at Duisans British Cemetery.

Stanley died on 8th September 1918 aged 32 years.


Personal Effects – as his next of kin Kate received two payments. The first on 9th December 1918 for £5 14s 8d with a second payment of £5 10s in April 1919 which was paid as a War Grauity

Duisans British Cemetery

Duisans British Cemetery

Stanley died with gunshot wounds. He is Remembered with Honour at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. The Memorial Register reads:

“Lisby, Gnr. S. W., 152748. 139th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 8th Sept., 1918. Age 32. Son of W. and J. Lisby, of Southampton; husband of Lilian Lisby, of 57 Avenue Rd., Southampton. Grave/Plot reference V. H. 41”

For his service to his country, Stanley was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.




Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 29th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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