Charles Lloyd Anstey Junior (1890-1917)

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

Charles Lloyd Anstey Junior, a member of the Stoke Gifford Ansteys, was born in 1890 in Yate, South Gloucestershire, to parents Charles Lloyd Anstey and Kate Lockstone of Wapley. At the age of 22 he decided to emigrate to New Zealand, which was then a British colony. By 1916, he was a farm labourer living in Manaia, near Normanby in New Zealand when he was conscripted into the New Zealand Army, enlisting on 14 January 1916 at Tauherenikau, Wellington. He was posted to the ‘New Zealand Cyclists Battalion’ (part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force) as a Private (Regimental Number: 10754).

Charles Lloyd Junior embarked from Wellington on 6 May 1916 to Suez in Egypt. He disembarked in Suez on 22 June 1916, embarked for Alexandria, Egypt on 3 July 1916, and was wounded in the field on 25 September 1916; he then rejoined his unit on 11 October 1916 after recovering. Charles Lloyd Junior was again wounded fighting on 7 June 1917 during the Battle of Messines in Belgium, this time more seriously, and he died of those wounds a few days later on 12 June 1917.[1]

Charles Lloyd Junior was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord-Pas-De-Calais, France (Plot III C. 29) on 7 July 1917; his death was reported in the 11 October 1917 edition of the ‘Auckland Weekly News’ newspaper, where there is also a photo of him. There is a memorial to Charles Lloyd Junior in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Yate, as well as on the War Memorial in Wapley. A memorial card produced by the family states:

In Loving Memory of Private Charles Lloyd Anstey, Died of Wounds in France on Tuesday June 12th 1917 Aged 27 Years. He Proudly Answered His Country’s Call; And Gave His Life to Save Us All; His Heart Was Good, His Spirit Brave; His Resting Place A Soldiers Grave”.

[1] On the same day that Charles Lloyd Junior was wounded at the Battle of Messines, a series of large British mines were detonated beneath German lines on the Messines-Wytschaete ridge. The explosions killed about ten thousand German soldiers, and were heard as far away as London and Dublin. This was probably the largest planned explosion ever until the 1945 Trinity atomic weapon test, and it killed more people than any other non-nuclear man-made explosion in history. It is unclear whether Charles Lloyd Junior’s wounds were as a direct result of these explosions, but it is likely that they were.

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