Rev Paul albert Stanley (3rd Class, of the Royal NZ Chaplains Department) was born on the 15th of January, 1895 to parents Albert and Amy Stanley, Western Australia.

Before enlisting, he worked as a draughtsman.

He attested at Trentham Military Camp, Wellington, NZ on the 8th of February 1916 and embarked under the NZ Expeditionary Force on the 29th of July 1916.

He was wounded by a shell while in a trench at Ploegsteert Wood, a sector of the Western Front located in North-West Belgium and served in the 2nd Battalion, Wellington Regiment.

He held the rank of Lance Corporal before being medically discharged on the 2nd of July, 1918.

Rev. Stanley was awarded the Efficiency Decoration on the 18th of February, 1948 by then Governor General, Lieutenant General: Bernard Cyril Freyberg.