A former member of the Welsh Guards from Oswestry who has spent 30 years building ‘The Welsh Guards Collection’, has received Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s daily Points of Light award.

Stanley joined the Welsh Guards aged 15, serving in the Regiment from 1960 to 1968, and started to build the collection in the early 1990s.  The Museum is now home to more than 4,000 Welsh Guards artefacts including uniforms, arms and memorabilia as well as over 2,500 photographs, preserving, in one place, the Regiment’s heritage since its formation in 1915. Following Stanley’s passion and hard work, the museum received full accreditation as a military Museum by the Army Museums Ogilvy Trust in 2014.

Alongside managing the museum, Stanley visits schools to share more about local and military history, and has curated special exhibitions across Wales, including at Cardiff Castle to celebrate the Regiment’s Centenary in 2015.

Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies, said:

“Stanley has made a tremendous impact with his tireless and longstanding efforts in preserving the Welsh Guards’ heritage and I am delighted that his achievement has been recognised by a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.

“As well as his 30-year devotion to collecting Welsh Guards artefacts, Stanley’s work in schools helps ensure that the Regiment’s history is recognised by future generations. Many congratulations to Stanley on his award.”

Stanley said:

 “I am very proud to be chosen for this award.”

Stanley is the 2085th recipient of the Points of Light award, which was first launched in April 2014 to recognise outstanding individuals making a positive change within their community and inspiring others. Each weekday, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.