Born in 1894 in Luton, Bedfordshire son of James and Georgina (Scrivener) Ironmonger. In 1901 and 1911 he was living and working with his uncle Arthur Scrivener, who brought him up, in Grudd’s Farm, Much Hadham. Arthur was later listed as Stanley’s next of kin. He sailed for Sydney, Australia on the Orsova on 22 Nov 1912 when he was 19. He intended to live there and worked as a locomotive fireman on the Waterfall to Sydney railway. He enlisted in Casula New South Wales on the 29th November 1915.