More about Mary’s brother John

The first born child of the Stanley/Ormsby marriage was John (born 1866 in Roscommon). The 1891 census has him born in 1867. At that time, he was single and lodging with his married (half) sister Catherine (or Kate) Senior. So what happened to him subsequently?

In 1901 he is still working as a Mason’s Labourer. He is married to another lady called Catherine. They are living at 18 New Street. Where else would they be expected to live? There are two children: Bridget (born 1897) and John (born 1898). Another John Stanley to add to the ever growing list!

John’s wife was Catherine Delaney. They married in Q4 1894. Her parents were John and Catherine. They were both born in Ireland. With the name of Delaney, an Irish connection was always likely.

By 1911 the family has moved, all the way to 12 Back New St. Sadly there are only three of them. Catherine died in Q2 1901, aged 31. Another child was born to the marriage. In all probability this was Edward (born Q1 1900, died Q4 1900).

For John (b 1866) the story does not improve. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has the following entry:


Service Number 202729

Died 12/09/1918

Aged 20

5th Bn.
King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Only son of John and Kate Stanley, of 13, Back New St., West Town, Dewsbury.

John (b 1898) is commemorated on Panel 8 at the cemetery as Vis-en-Artois. This is between Arras and Cambrai. The fact that his name is recorded on a panel means that he has no known grave.

The address given is slightly odd. John (b 1866) was living at 13 New St in 1891, and presumably was still there when he married Kate three years later. N.B. New St and not Back New St. In 1911 he is living at 12 Back New St. The address on the CWGC system appears to be a hybrid version of two actual addresses where John lived.

There is a more positive story to tell about his sister Bridget. Another story for another day!

John Stanley (b 1868) died in Dewsbury in 1932.