Charles Hector Anstey (b 1892)

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

Charles Hector Anstey, a member of the Kennford Ansteys, was born on 5 December 1892 in West Ham/Leytonstone to parents Harry Anstey and Emily Harriet Privett. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Harry Victor Anstey, growing up at 1 Hartley Road, Low Leyton, West Ham, where he was still living at the time of the 1911 Census.

At some point, presumably fairly early in World War One, Charles signed up for active service. Unfortunately we know next to nothing about his war story as we cannot locate any of his Service Records – anybody who can enlighten us in this regard please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

What we do know is that he served in the following:

  • Pembroke Yeomanry as a Corporal (Service Number: 4272)
  • Welsh Regiment as a Corporal (Service Number: 315227)
  • Army Service Corps as a Corporal (Service Number: M/280339)
  • Royal Engineers as a Corporal (Service Numbers 273552 and WR/193914)

We also know that on 28 September 1917 “Anstey C. H., Army Service Corps M/280339″ was “voluntarily transferred to Royal Engineers“. Then right at the end of the war, in September 1918, Charles was posted to the Royal Air Force (we know this because on his RAF Form is written “Charles Hector Anstey 273552 R. E.“). He spent very little time there however, consisting of:

  • 24 September 1918 – to ‘3 Cadet Wing
  • 15 November 1918 – to ‘3 S of A‘ (School of Aeronautics)
  • At some point in 1919 “Anstey Cadet, C. H. (Hon 2nd Lt)…11360
  • 16 February 1919 – Charles was demobilised, though he clearly remained connected to the R. A. F (see below)

The only other thing we know is that for his services Charles was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

After the war, Charles married Mary Hays in Chesterfield in 1921 – the ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph‘ on 29 September 1921 reporting “Marriage: Charles Hector, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Anstey, 1 Hartley Road, Leytonstone London, to Mary. only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hays, Field View, Tapton, Chesterfield“. They had children in Chesterfield Charles T. Anstey (b 1922); Ronald W. Anstey (b 1926); and Isobel M. Anstey (b 1928).

In 1937 he was referred to as “Lieut Charles Hector Anstey R. A. F. (retired) of the Newlands 169 Old Road Brampton Chesterfield, Derby” in the ‘Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser‘ 21 May 1937 report into his father’s probate. By the time of the 1939 Register the family were living at 169 Old Road, Chesterfield where Charles was a “traveller furniture polishes“.

Charles was also involved in World War Two. ‘The Gazette‘ on 29 October 1940 reported “The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the rank of Flying Officer: … 26th Sept. 1940 Charles Hector ANSTEY (74408)“. We currently have no further details of his service during this conflict.

In 1943 Charles’ wife Mary was executor of the will of Silence Mary Hays. Charles died on 9 January 1972, living at 73 Old Road, Chesterfield.

Anybody who would like to add anything to this biography, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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