The Stanley unit now based at the Abergele hospital was originally based at the H.M.Stanley hospital in the city of St. Asaph, in order that the link with the old base be maintained the Stanley name was carried forward, this also keeps the units identity which goes back many years.
The hospital got it’s name from Henry Morton Stanley journalist and explorer of Doctor Livingstone I presume fame, H.M. Stanley having been a resident of the ‘work house’ as it then was when he was a child. Stanley was born John Rowlands on the 21st Jan 1841 adopting the more well known name while in America as a journalist.
John was brought up until the age of about 5yrs old by his grandfather Moses Parry, when his grandfather died John was eventually sent to the St. Asaph union work house for the poor. When in America John is reputed to have taken the name of his benefactor, Henry Hope Stanley, changing only the middle name. H . M Stanley reluctantly joined in the American civil war first of all in the Confederate army until captured by the Union army and was then recruited into their ranks but was discharged after about 18 days through ill health. After recovering he served on several merchant vessels before joining the Union navy in July 1864, he is probably the only man to have served in the confederate army the union army and the union navy. H.M.Stanley became a journalist and explorer eventually being commissioned to search for and find the missing Doctor Livingstone which he finally did on the 10th Nov 1871. Following should we say an interesting life he died on the 10th May 1904, so from an illegitimate child in a work house to knight of the realm in 63 years. He is surrounded by controversy but he was probably just a man of his times.