Thomas John Edmund Anstey (known as Tom) is a member of the Stoke Gifford Anstey sub-branch. He was born in Cardiff in 1884, unfortunately his mother Eliza (nee Morse) died when he was an infant so he grew up with his grandparents William and Mary and later his aunt Kate. On leaving school in 1901, Tom joined the Capital and Counties Bank in the City of London and in 1908 he signed up for the ‘City of London Yeomanry’, an Army Reserve Unit. Soon after the outbreak of World War One in 1914, Tom volunteered for overseas duty and was promoted to Corporal. Tragically, at the tender age of thirty one, he perished on 5 October 1915 in the trenches at Gallipoli, Turkey fighting for the freedoms we take for granted today.
During the period from 1905 to 1914, Tom investigated both his family ancestry and the ‘Anstey’ surname. He produced copious quantities of high quality research, both in terms of correspondence by letter with others interested in the surname and family of ‘Anstey’ (see Tom’s Correspondence), and by extensive research via resources available at the time (see Tom’s Research). Fortunately his research has survived the passage of time and now partially resides with his great grand nephew Gary.
Tom and Gary between them (with help from other researchers of course) have now constructed the entirety of the Anstey family pedigree and they are the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story’ project. They have currently co-authored four books on the Ansteys, the first of which,
‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘