Edward Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby
Background and education
Edward Stanley served with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, being promoted Major, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the Italian Campaign. After WWII he was appointed, in 1947, Lieutenant-Colonel of the King's Regiment (Territorial Army), and then as Colonel of the 5th/8th (Volunteer) Battalion, King's Regiment between 1947 and 1951. He continued as Colonel of the renamed 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment (TAVR) between 1951 and 1967, and then as Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Liverpool Scottish (TA) from 1964, as well as Colonel of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Lancastrian Volunteers (TA) between 1967 and 1975.
Knowsley Village benefited from his gift of St Mary's Church of England school, playing fields and cottage to the Church Commissioners in 1949, followed by the transfer of the parish benefice to the diocese of Liverpool.
The Earl of Derby Scout Troop planted a tree and erected a stone plaque in the grounds of Knowsley Hall in celebration of the quincentenary (1985) of the earldom's creation. Stanley was an active freemason.
Lord Derby married Isabel Milles-Lade, daughter of the Hon. Henry Milles-Lade, in 1948. Their marriage was childless.
Thoroughbred horse racing
- "No. 36563". The London Gazette. 13 June 1944. p. 2852.
- "No. 38107". The London Gazette. 24 October 1947. p. 5058.
- "No. 37718". The London Gazette. 10 September 1946. p. 4515.
- "A Year at Stanley High School" (PDF). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- "Power of the Masons - Myth of Menace?". Sunday People. 13 July 1986.
- Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 1105 (DERBY, E). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Derby
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
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