Stanley Lavell Cunningham MC


Above is the Queen's University Student Index Card



Oct 13, 1883

Born at Kingston Ontario


Nov 8, 1914

Attested into 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of Kin given as Margaret B Cunningham (mother) of 169 Earl St., Kingston

Ø      Occupation given as “Civil Engineer”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3½ years in 14th Regiment PWOR

Ø      Religion stated as “Wesleyan”


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, Hythe.


Sep 14, 1915 Embarked the St Seiriol at Folekestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Nov 6, 1915

Proceeded to Trench Warfare School


Nov 13, 1915

Rejoined unit from course


Mar 27, 1916

Granted leave to April 5, 1916


Apr 5, 1916

Rejoined unit from leave


Jun 20, 1916

Appointed position of Adjutant for 21st Battalion to replace Capt Hemming


Jul 13, 1916

Promoted to Captain to replace Capt Flavelle


Oct 19, 1916

To be Acting Major while holding position of Adjutant


Nov 6, 1916

Granted leave to November 17, 1916


Nov 20, 1916

Rejoined unit from leave


Dec 18, 1916

Attached to 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters for duty


Dec 31, 1916

Attached to 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade


Apr 2, 1917

Relinquishes rank of Acting Major on appointment to position of Staff Captain, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade


May 19, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


May 26, 1917

Proceeded to England (Clare College Cambridge) for the 9th Staff Course in Staff Duties


Jul 10, 1917

Rejoined Brigade from course


Nov 18, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 4, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Jan 1, 1918

Awarded Military Cross, London Gazette #30450



Feb 28, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade to be General Staff Officer 3rd Grade, London Gazette #30700 and attached to 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters


Jul 27, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jul 31, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Aug 27, 1918               Reported “Killed in Action”


Tilloy British Cemetery
Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines France

From the Red Deer News, September 11, 1918
Note that it states that he earned the DSO, but in fact it was the Military Cross


Jun 22, 1920

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to mother at 169 Earl St., Kingston Ontario


Mar 10, 1922

Death Plaque, Scroll and Memorial Cross sent to mother at 169 Earl St., Kingston Ontario


Photo courtesy of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment Museum





During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Stanley Cunningham's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.


Stanley Cunningham is also commemorated on the Kingston, Ontario Memorial Wall


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