Pre-World War One Conflicts

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

Since the origin of our surname in 1143, many members of the ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ family have fought in wars. For some of the earlier medieval wars, we know a surprising amount of detail about Anstey involvement, for others we either know nothing or next to nothing. In this section of the Anstey Story Project, we will try to commemorate as many pre-World War One Anstey Heroes as we possibly can.

Anybody who has researched their Anstey ancestors’ wartime heroics in conflicts which occurred any time before World War One and wishes for their (original) findings to be uploaded to the Anstey story project website, please contact us at

Likewise, anybody who can add any new information to the below Roll of Honour, or has found any errors, please feel free to contact us.

Roll of Honour

The Anarchy (1135-1153)

Anglo-French Wars of the 1160s

The Third Crusade (1189-1192)

Anglo-French War (1193-1199)

The First Barons War (1215-1217)

The Second Scottish War of Independence (1332-1357)

Hundred Years War with France (1337-1453)

  • Robert de Anesty, a member of the medieval Edmonton Ansteys, fought in the Hundred Years War with France in the early 1370s, getting his “Letters of Attorney” in October 1374 and “Letters of Protection” in December 1374 to fight in Brittany, France under Captain Edmund Mortimer (Earl of March). Also in 1392, Robert was involved in an indenture with Thomas, Duke of Gloucester, “retained to serve him in Ireland” (this information comes from ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘).
  • John Ansty, a member of the medieval Edmonton Ansteys, was “man at arms – high ranking and ‘Esquire’ Standing Force, Milford Haven in 1377 under Commander Sir Rhyss ap Gruffudd II.
  • John Ansty, patriarch of the Cambridgeshire Ansteys, fought in the Hundred Years War in 1433 in France (probably Calais) under Humphrey of Lancaster, Duke of Gloucester, captain of Guisnes (this information comes from ‘ANSTEY: The Cambridgeshire Branch of the 1400s and Early 1500s‘).

The Wars of the Roses (1455-1487)

English Civil War (1642-1651)

East India Company Conflicts (c1680-1857)

Third Anglo-Mysore War (1790-1792)

The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)

The Black War in Tasmania (1824-1832)

The Lower and Upper Canada Rebellions (1837-1838)

The Crimean War (1853-1856)

The Indian Rebellion of 1857

British Raj in India (1858-1914)

American Civil War (1861-1865)

Ninth Xhosa War (1877-1879)

The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879

The First Boer War 1880-1881

  • Please be patient – we will upload soon

Langeberg Rebellion 1896-1897

Mohmand Campaign 1897-1898

The Second Boer War 1899-1902

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