Daron Anstey, a member of the Witheridge Anstey sub-branch of the Chulmleigh Ansteys, was born in 1891 in Sale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia to the famous politician Frank Anstey and Katherine McColl.
On 3 March 1916, around eighteen months after the commencement of World War One, Daron volunteered in Brunswick for active service with the Australian Imperial Force. On his Attestation Paper he stated that he was unmarried and a machinist living at Howard Street, Brunswick – after taking his medical examination, the medical officer “considered him fit for active service“.
Daron performed only one week of training as a Private (Service Number: V25908) with the 20th Depot Battalion of the ‘Light Horse and Infantry’ then, just over a month later on 19 April 1916, he was discharged completely due to “being medically unfit not due to misconduct” at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. In the recommendation letter from the Senior Medical Officer of the Clearing Hospital at Castlemaine, it stated “Private D. Anstey of D Company is recommended for immediate discharge. He has a hammer deformed little toe on left foot. He was, he says, sent up from Stuart Street on approval, to ascertain what military training he could undergo. The toe is very painful and he refuses to have it amputated.”
Later in 1916 Daron married Ida Elizabeth Wood in Victoria and they had two children, Colin Anstey (b 1917 Brunswick, died aged 2 in Carlton) and Ivan Eugene Anstey (b 1920, died 1966 Brunswick).
In the 1939 Electoral Rolls, Daron and his wife Ida were still living at 22 Howard Street, Brunswick – Daron was again a machinist. A year later when his father Frank Anstey died, Daron was mentioned in his probate as “a tobacco worker“.
In 1965, Daron made an application to the Repatriation Department for benefits due to his war service. He was “retired” when he died in 1979 in Brunswick; probate was in 1984.
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