Alfred Henry Anstey (b 1872)

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

Alfred Henry Anstey, a member of the Birmingham Ansteys, was born on 26 September 1872 in Brixton, baptised in Kennington on 20 October 1872, to parents Samuel Anstey and Martha Jones; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Horace Anstey and Leonard Francis Anstey. He grew up in Westminster, living at the Devonshire Arms, 17, Denman Street, Westminster in 1881. By the 1901 Census he was unmarried and boarding at 1 Devonshire Street, Marylebone, working as an assistant bookseller. We cannot locate him in the 1911 Census, though it is certainly him referred to in the ‘Surrey Advertiser‘ on 11 October 1916 where “Alfred Henry Anstey, Royal Arms Hotel North Street” was summoned by the Guildford Borough Bench for “unscreened windows” (his brother was at that address in 1911).

Alfred was called up for service just a couple of months before the end of World War One, on 17 August 1918 in Gosport, Hampshire with the Royal Marine Light Infantry (part of the Royal Navy) as a Private (Service Number: 3314S) – his address at this time was 3 Castellion? Parade, Maida Vale, London and he was still a bookseller. After serving for a few months in the Portsmouth Division (Special Home Coast Defence) he was discharged on 24 February 1919, receiving a War Gratuity of £5.

Alfred was back living in Lewisham by the 1921 Census, he attended his brother Horace’s wedding in 1926, and at the time of the 1939 Register he was a retired clerk, still single, living at 48 Charlwood Street, Pimlico, City Of Westminster.

He died on 28 March 1948 still living at 48 Charlwood Street, Westminster, almost certainly having never married – administration was to his brother Albert George Anstey.

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