A pall of gloom has set in the Army fraternity of the Maratha Light Infantry due to the sad demise of Col JD Stanely (Retd) on 07 Dec 2017. He was the senior most veteran officer of the Maratha Regiment being born on 29 October 1920 and having been commissioned before Independence on 14 March 1943 in 14 MARATHA LI.
Col JD Stanley had the distinction of having led his gallant soldiers in Second World War in Persia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Egypt during Second World War. Post his illustrious stint in the middle east he was posted to 2 MARATHA LI in 1946. He went on to command 2 MARATHA LI from 1960 to 1964. During his glorious career in Army he held many a important staff and command appointments in formation and Army HQ.
He led the Maratha LI Regimental Centre in Belagavi as Commandant from 1968 to 1970 before retiring from active service on 15 October 1970. It was his legacy that Belagavi is still tasting the delicious snacks being served in “Pop Inn” which he had started in 1969. With a heavy heart the Maratha LI fraternity being led by Col of The Maratha LI Lt Gen PJS Pannu, AVSM, VSM would be attending the funeral services of Col JD Stanley on 08 Dec 2017. As a mark of respect to the departed soul a wreath laying is being organised at the Sharqat War Memorial in Maratha LI regimental centre where his mortal remains would be placed before the last rites.