Frederick George Sellen Anstey, a member of the Chatham Ansteys, was born in 1892 in Sheerness, Kent to parents Frederick Anstey and Rhoda Sellen. In 1901 the family were living at 112, Alma Road, Sheerness, and by the 1911 Census, Frederick was living at 118 High Street, Mile Town, Sheerness, still with his parents, at that time jobless – though he soon found employment as a whitesmith at a Motor & Cycle Works.
A couple of years after the outbreak of World War One, on 12 May 1916, Frederick signed up for service with the British Royal Naval Air Service as an Air Mechanic Second Class (Service Number: F14073). He indicated on his Attestation Form that he had previously been a ‘Trumpeter’ for the Royal Garrison Artillery Territorial Force.
From May 1916 through to 31 March 1918, Frederick was primarily attached as a mechanic to the ship HMS ‘President II‘ (which was used as an accounting base by the Royal Naval Air Service), based mainly at Felixstowe (also Dunkirk, Calais and Hendon), though he also served on HMS ‘Daedalus‘ (a seaplane base) between July 1917 and December 1917, as well as temporarily on numerous other ships such as HMS Crystal Palace (presumably as and when mechanical repair works were required).
On 1 January 1918 Frederick was promoted to Acting Air Mechanic 1st Class (his Service Number was now 214073) then on 1 April 1918 he was transferred to the Royal Air Force from the Royal Navy as an Air Mechanic 2nd Class, with whom he remained until 26 February 1919; at the same time he was appointed as a ‘Class F Reservist’. From 27 February 1919 Frederick was a Royal Air Force/Royal Flying Corps Air Mechanic 2nd Class Reserve, until on 30 April 1920 he was discharged from service.
At the time of the 1939 Register, Frederick had returned to live in Sheerness; he was a plumber living at 10 Alexander Road with his wife Elsie? M. Anstey, together with his sister Rhoda Wilmer and her husband. We are currently unaware of any children that Frederick might have had; neither can we currently locate his marriage details.
Frederick died in 1973 in Brent, Middlesex.
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