Edgar Hubert Anstey, a member of the Bradninch Ansteys, was born on 10 September 1889 in Topsham to parents Samuel Anstey and Emma Murphy. He was the brother of fellow Anstey Heroes Robert Warwick Anstey, Wallace Anstey, and Ralph Stanley Anstey.
Edgar grew up living in Topsham, attending Topsham First School from the age of 3. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was unmarried, living with his family at Wesleyan Lodge, Topsham, and working as a “general labourer“.
Edgar was involved in the war effort during World War One. Unfortunately we possess next to no information regarding his war story, apart from the fact that he was a Driver for the Royal Field Artillery (Service Number: 421 and 865119) and that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
We also know that in January 1919 when Edgar’s mother died, he was unable to attend her funeral because, per the ‘Western Times‘ (21 January 1919 edition), he was “on active service and leave [was] not granted“.
When Edgar was finally discharged later in 1919, he moved into 1 Monmouth Street, Topsham and then even later in 1919 he married Alice Maud Pengilley in St Thomas, Devon. To our knowledge Edgar and Alice had a single child, Betty M. Anstey, born in 1920 in St Thomas, who died aged one in early 1922. By this time, according to 1920s Electoral Registers, they were living at 3 Ferry Terrace in Topsham.
According to the ‘Exeter and Plymouth Gazette‘ 26 July 1927 edition “Edgar Hubert Anstey of Topsham was fined 10s for failing to have two independent efficient brakes on his motorcycle.“
Edgar’s wife Alice died in June 1931 in Topsham and by the 1939 Register, Edgar was working as a painter, still living at 3 Ferry Terrace, Topsham (confirmed as “widowed“). He died in 1958 in “Central Devon” (probably Topsham).
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