Stanley was the son of Ralph W Raine who was a prominent JP and supervised many local tribunals on Conscription, Food Control and other wartime affairs. He also presided over memorial unveiling ceremonies in local communities. He was the brother of Arthur Edwin Raine and 3rd cousin of Ernest Harold Porter and Joseph Henry James Porter all of whom served in the War (see separate entries on the database). Arthur also had a younger brother, Howard, but he is not listed on the plaque of the Old Scholars of Middleton Sunday School in the Wesleyan Church so it is not known whether he served in the War.
Stanley was married with two daughters.
Stanley also had several other relatives in Teesdale who also served in the war (see separate entries on the database): Willam Porter (of Cotherstone and father to Ernest and Joseph); Adam Bainbridge and John Joseph Bainbridge (of Forest and Frith); Frederick Porter and John Henry Porter (of Kinninvie Marwood); John William Porter (of Barnard Castle); Herbert Dennis Raine, Edward Richard Raine and George McKenzie Raine (from Low Selset - Lunedale); Arthur Henry (Harry) from Ingelton; and Edgar Heslop (from Marwood).
Detailed information about the Porter Family and their relatives in Teesdale and service records - courtesy of Philip A Wilde - is available from the Bowes Museum Archive.
Stanley emigrated to Christchurch in New Zealand as a Commercial Traveller. Despite being married with young family, Stanley enlisted on 26 July 1916 and was attached to the 3rd Canterbury Battalion that joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces 4th Brigade which went to France in May 1917. The Brigade was mainly deployed in reserve for the provision of road working parties although was involved in the the successful 'Battle of Broodseinde. The Brigade was disbanded in January 1918. On 22 January, Stanley was transferred to England on duty. He was repatriated to New Zealand in August 1918. When discharged, his papers state that he was no longer fit to serve.
Stanley evidently returned with his family to Middleton for a while but went back to New Zealand on 7 July 1921 and settled in Christchurch.