William Stanlake was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Crimean War.
The Citation (The London Gazette: no. 21971. p. 657. 24 February 1857.) reads:
“On 26 October 1854 near Inkerman, Crimea, Private Stanlake, when employed as a sharpshooter, volunteered to reconnoitre, and although warned of the dangers he would encounter, crawled to within six yards of a Russian sentry and brought back such information that the officer in charge of the party was able to make a surprise attack.”
He is buried in Camberwell Old Cemetery in London.
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