Charles James Anstey, a member of the East Stoke Ansteys, was born in December 1881 in Llanfor, Bala, Merionethshire to parents George Anstey and Emma Down; he was the brother of fellow Anstey Heroes Herbert Henry Anstey and Reginald John L. Anstey.
In the 1901 Census, Charles was living with his family in Cranfield, Ampthill, Bedfordshire – he was a carpenter builder by trade. In 1909 he married Edith Mary Richardson in Ampthill and by the 1911 Census they were living in Marston, Ampthill with their daughter Florence Bessie Anstey (b 1910, who married Robert James Howson). They also later had sons Herbert R. Anstey (b 1915 Ampthill) and Reginald C. Anstey (b 1920 Ampthill).
Soon after the outbreak of World War One, Charles volunteered for active service, becoming a Gunner for the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service Number 111889). In the ‘National Roll of the Great War‘ there is an entry for Charles, stating:
“ANSTEY C. J. Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery. He volunteered in 1915 and in the following year landed in France, where he served for three years. During this period he took part in the Battles of the Somme, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai and was gassed. He did good work with his Battalion in several engagements until the close of the war, and returned to England for demobilisation in January 1919. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals – Cranfield Bedfordshire“.
After the war ended, Charles returned to live in Ampthill in Bedfordshire, where his wife Edith died in 1933. By the time of the 1939 Register, Charles, now a widower, was living at 1 Tattenhoe Lane, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire – he was still a carpenter by trade.
Charles died in 1962 in Winslow Hospital, Buckinghamshire. He was still living at 1 Tattenhoe Lane, Bletchley at the time of his death; probate was to his daughter Florence Bessie Howson.
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