STANTON, Edwin Locksley, Jr.
STANTON, Edwin Locksley, Jr. (1918-1944), first born son of Edwin and Evelyn Stanton. At the age of 26 before he left to serve in World War II, Ed Jr. married Eleanor Hoffman. In his absence, his son, Edwin Locksley Stanton III was born. On July 11, 1944. Edwin L. Stanton, Jr. died as a result of wounds he sustained in Normandy, France. His namesake son was born after his father's death.
Although Edwlin L. Stanton, Jr. was originally buried in the Stanton family plot at Inglewood Park Cemetery, his younger brother Carey placed a cenotaph in the island cemetery in his honor. After Carey Stanton’s death in 1987, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation arranged to have the cremains of Edwin Stanton, Jr. transferred to Santa Cruz Island’s cemetery. At the time of his reinterment, Stanton's cenotaph was found to have a surprising amount of family memorabilia placed in it, including his diploma, silver spurs and his father’s track and war medals.
In the News~
February 7, 1940 [LAT]: “Eleanore Hoffmann bride of Edwin L. Stanton Jr.: Elaborate church ceremony unites young couple before 500 friends. An exquisite heirloom handkerchief of rose-point lace, which has been carried in the bridegroom's family for four generations, was carried last night by Miss Eleanor Alene Hoffman when she became the bride of Edwin Locksley Stanton Jr. in St. James Episcopal Church. Bishop Robert Goodan officiated in the presence of 500 wedding guests. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Roy Hoffman of S. Lorraine Blvd., was gowned in a white satin period model with bustle effect and wore a veil trimmed with rose-point lace. The bridal bouquet was of white orchids and lilies of the valley. Mrs. Francis McComb (Parthenia Stanton), cousin of the bridegroom, was matron of honor in a fuchsia taffeta gown. She wore a fuchsia veil with gardenias in her hair and carried gardenias and hyacinths. Mrs. Mary Cecile McLaughlin, maid of honor, was also in fuchsia and the bridesmaids, Misses Ann Pulliam, Pegg Hawkins, Katherine Blackmore and Barbara Bassett, were in white taffeta and carried American Beauty roses. Carey C. Stanton served his brother as best man and ushers were John Hill, Stanley Carr, George Cook, Charles Huntington and Robert Heartt, cousin to the bride. Following the ceremony there was a reception for several hundred at the Los Angeles Country Club. Mr. and Mrs. Stanton left on a fortnight's honeymoon to Sun Valley. They will be at home in a new apartment in Beverly Hills. The bride is a graduate of Marlborough and is a Kappa Kappa Gamma from U.C.L.A. Mr. Stanton is a Phi Kappa Psi from the University of Oregon.”
August 1, 1922 [LAT]: “Angeleno meets death in battle. 1st Lieutenant Edwin Locksley Stanton, Jr., 435 S. Windsor Blvd., was killed in France on July 11, according to word received yesterday by his parents. Lt. Stanton, an infantry officer, had attended Harvard Military Academy here, Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania and the University of Oregon. In addition to his parents he leaves his widow and a 5-week-old son.”
November 15, 1948 [LAT]: “Graveside services for Lt. Edwin L. Stanton, Jr. will be conducted by Pierce Brothers tomorrow at 2 P.M. in Inglewood Park Cemetery. Lt. Stanton was killed July 11, 1944, during the Normandy Invasion. He leaves a son, Edwin L. Stanton III; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Stanton Sr., and a brother, Dr. Carey Stanton.”