Family, friends and comrades of Corporal Jack Stanley were present at Wanderers’ recent home match against Wigan Athletic to thank the club for their recent support.
Pictured before kick-off are WO2 Jolley, LCpl Jones, QRH Simon Wray, Brenda Wilson and Rachael Stanley who made a presentation to club chaplain Phil Mason of a framed QRH away shirt worn by Jack himself, a QRH plaque and a QRH sports tie to express their gratitude to Bolton Wanderers for their efforts and time afforded to the family during the last two years.
A devoted fan of the Whites, Jack joined the Army in 2003 and was allocated to 20 Platoon Burma Company before joining The Queen’s Royal Hussars.
A keen sportsman both before and during his military career, he spent his early years playing for the Junior Whites before joining his Regiment’s football team.
Having been deployed with his Regiment to Afghanistan in early 2012 however, Jack was badly injured as a result of an IED strike and was flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham but due to the extent of his injuries, he passed away on April 8 of the same year.
Speaking regarding the presentation, club chaplain Phil Mason said, “It was very touching that the family and friends of Jack wanted to do something like this. Jack was part of the Bolton Wanderers family who sadly lost his life all too soon and made the ultimate sacrifice.
"It has been important to offer such support to his family over a period of time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are close to Jack and we too remember those who have given so much in all our armed forces."