- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/07/26
- Latest 1919/09/01
- Inscription 195213 CPL. S. J. STAPLES. 1-CAN.INF.
- Materials Silver, Copper, Silkworm silk
- Rank Corporal
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Staples, Corporal Stanley Joseph
- Measurements Length 11.2 cm, Width 7.5 cm, Thickness 0.3 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Staples, Stanley Joseph
Stanley Joseph Staples was born in Port Hope, Ontario, on 16 June 1896.
A mat maker, Staples enlisted in the 93rd Canadian Infantry Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario, on 9 November 1915. He later transferred to the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion (Western Ontario).
Staples was killed in action on 6 November 1917, when his unit attacked German positions during the Battle of Passchendaele. His body was not recovered. According to its after-action report, the battalion encountered varying levels of resistance as it advanced, with most casualties being caused by snipers and machine guns, rather than artillery.
Stanley Joseph Staples is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres, Belgium.
Stanley’s older brother, Charles Henry, also served during the war. He was killed in action on 26 July 1918. Charles Henry Staples is buried in Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery, in France.