Edward Victor Anstey (BI 56)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Birmingham 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 Birmingham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

BI 56. Edward Victor Anstey: He was born on 23 January 1901 in Aston to parents George Anstey (BI 41) and Amelia Fleetwood. He grew up in Aston, living with his family at 58 Cattell Road, Aston in the 1911 Census. In the final year of World War One, on 20 June 1918, he signed up for active service with the Royal Air Force as a Private (Service Number: 199762). At the time of his enlistment he was a filer and driller by trade; aged 17; and he was living with his family at 27 Greenway Street Small Heath. He served with units “R. D.“; “S. T. R.“; “S. T. H. C.“; and “46 T. D. S.” for a few weeks until he was transferred to R. A. F. ‘G’ Reserve on 19 February 1919.

By the 1921 Census he was back living in Aston with his family and he was still living with them at 27 Greenway Street in 1925. A year later in 1926 in West Bromwich he married Annie Sophia Hartle and they had a son Raymond E. Anstey (b 1931 Birmingham). The ‘Birmingham Daily Gazette‘ on 12 June 1928 reported “George Arthur Morris was driving a motor cycle combination in Bristol Street Birmingham in the early hours of yesterday when, in swerving to avoid a motor-car, the combination overturned. Morris and his sidecar passenger. Edward Victor Anstey, aged 27, of 22, Sherbourne-road, Birmingham, were injured, but after treatment at the Queen’s Hospital were able to go home“.

In 1931 they were living at 223 Prince of Wales Lane, King’s Heath and at the time of the 1939 Register the family were living at 34 Colebrook Road, Solihull; he was a “Operators Assembling Switch Ge Senior Foreman Controlling“. He died in 1982 in Birmingham.

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