Stanley George Rattle was born on 16 April 1883 to George Rattle (1846-1902) and Rushander Fox (1844-1930),
and was baptised at St Stephen Coleman Street on 13 May of that year. He had three sisters and two brothers,
unfortunately two of these siblings died very young. Stanley George married Ellen Maud Fletcher at West
Ham in 1903 and their first child Dudley Gordon was born the following year. In 1901, Stanley George
was stationed in the cavalry barracks in New Windsor Berkshire, where he was a trooper in the 1st Life
Guards. Being on the reserve, he enlisted again before the start of the war on 3 June 1914 and was posted
to the Royal Fusiliers.
On 3 May 1915, Stanley George was captured during the second battle of Ypres, the same battle that Samuel
Rattle was killed in a few days earlier. Stanley George had been injured in the right knee & shoulder
by shrapnel, as well as a bullet wound just above his hand. He had been taken to a dressing station at
about 4 o'clock in the afternoon of 3 May, but the following morning it was overrun by Germans and Stanley
George was captured. Later that day he was taken on a stretcher to the camp Lazarat VI near Cologne,
arriving there on 11 May. During the journey he was treated reasonably well, although a number of German
civilians jeered and spat at him. At the camp he underwent four operations and all the men were treated
kindly. After five months in the camp Stanley George had begun to recover from his injuries, and on 8
October he went by tram & train to Stendal camp, about 50 miles north of Berlin.
He settled down to life in this POW camp and was not required to undertake any work other than general
cleaning, although he reports that the Russians were treated very unkindly. Food was usually a lump of
brown bread and two bowls of soup a day, supplemented by food sent from home, as the post was on the
whole quite good. Sanitary arrangements were not bad and a hot bath was taken once a week. Regulations
were posted in German, Russian and French, but not British, probably due to there only being about 200
English yet around 10,000 other nationalities.
Stanley George was repatriated on 6 February 1916 and discharged from service on 4 March. He was awarded
the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal, the British War Medal, and a Silver War Badge.
Service details taken from 'Unburnt Document' series WO364 held in the National Archives at Kew
and the Medal Rolls Index WO329, better known as the Medal Index Cards. Details of imprisonment
taken from Interviews and Reports on the Treatment of British Prisoners of War WO 161/98/420 .