Alfred Anstey (DY 56)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Dyrham Ansteys. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Dyrham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

DY 56. Alfred Anstey: He was born in 1869 in Dyrham to parents William Anstey (DY 32) and Eliza Hook. He worked as a coachman, moving to Bradfield in Berkshire in 1889. In 1891 (as Frederick) he was a domestic coachman at Bradfield Hall, Rectory Road, Bradfield, working for Mrs Anne Yarde Connop. In 1901 (still as Frederick) he was a carter and poultry farmer at Marriner’s Bottom, Bradfield. He married Agnes Flora Wise on 18 November 1903 at St Andrew, Bradfield (as Alfred) at which time he was a farmer. In the 1911 Census they were childless, living at Frogmore Farm Bradfield.

The ‘Reading Observer‘ 14 August 1920 reported “BRADFIELD. DEATH OF MR. A. ANSTEY. Widespread Regret has been expressed out the parish at the news that Mr. A. Anstey, of Frogmore Farm, has passed. He died after a lingering illness from the effects of influenza, at the age of 51 years, Wednesday last, August 11th. He came to Bradfield as coachman to the late Mr. Connor, 31 years ago, after which he conducted a successful business, as a carrier, subsequently becoming a successful farmer. He was an example of the boy born in humble circumstances rising in the world by sheer grit and common sense. He was always ready to give his time services to any useful cause, and there were organisations in the parish with which he was intimately connected. His personality was that although naturally unobtrusive he was of the first to be looked to for advice and parochial affairs, and he was never appeal in vain. He was most kindly helpful to young people with whom he came in contact local affairs he was for many years chairman the Bradfield Parish Council, which office he held at his death. He succeeded the late Rev. C. Burt as Chairman of the Bradfield Paro Charities Trustees. He was a member of Bradfield Rural District Council, the Flower Committee and Joint Hon. Secretary of the War Memorial Fund. He was also a member of the Bradfield Military Tribunal during the while he rendered another war service by work in connection with the Ministry of at the time when the nation’s food supplies most severely threatened. The funeral will take place this afternoon Thursday), at. Bradfield Church, at 2:30 o’clock report of the funeral will be published in our issue.

His widow was still running Frogmore Farm with her sister Lizzie Worroll in 1939. She died on 14 May 1957, still living at Frogmore Farm – probate to her nephew Harry Bradfield Worroll ‘farmer’

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