Arthur Anstey (b 1896)

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

Arthur Anstey, a member of the Coventry Ansteys, was born on 19 July 1896 in Coventry to parents Arthur Anstey and Selina Maria Athersuch. He grew up living at 36 Russell Street, Coventry and he was still there at the time of the 1911 Census, living with his family and working as a machine tool fitter.

Arthur volunteered for active service right at the outset of World War One, on 7 September 1914 in Coventry. At the time of his enlistment he was still unmarried, living at Russell Street, and working as a fitter. He was posted to the Royal Engineers 89th Field Company as a Sapper (Service Number: 49386).

Arthur entered the ‘France’ Theatre of War on 21 May 1915, however a week later on 28 May 1915 he suffered from “Synovitis Right knee, received during military training“. He soon returned to the front line then on 28 June 1915 he was admitted to ‘No 4 General Hospital‘ as a result of receiving a gunshot wound to the thigh whilst serving on the Western Front at Hooge near Ypres. His injury was deemed serious enough that the following day he was transferred to England aboard the Hospital Ship “St George“, arriving on 1 July 1915. He was then transferred to Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington for further treatment.

Arthur’s injury was confirmed on the Casualty List issued by the War Office on 23rd July 1915, stating that he was a “casualty in the Expeditionary Force reported from the Base under date 7th July: wounded” and thus “this man was entitled to wear a Wound Stripe“.

On 5 October 1915 Arthur was deemed recovered enough to be “released for munitions with Webster Binnell Coventry” where he likely remained for the rest of the war. He was discharged on 14 December 1918, being “surplus to military requirements and not having suffered impairment since entry into the service” – thus it was deemed that he had “no claim to pension“.

For his services, he was awarded the 1915 Star medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

Arthur went back to live in Russell Street, Coventry with his family and he was still there at the time of the 1921 Census. In 1924 he married Doris E. Birch in Coventry – we find no children of this marriage. The ‘Coventry Evening Telegraph‘ on 19 December 1924 reported “The following defendants were summoned in respect of unilluminated identification plates … Arthur Anstey, 35, Winifred Avenue, Coventry (also for failing to have front and rear lights) [fined] 22s 6d“.

In the 1939 Register Arthur and Doris were still living at 35 Winifred Avenue in Coventry – he was working as a ‘Chargehand Tool Room Machine’.

Arthur died in Meriden, Warwickshire in 1945, “aged 48“.

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