Frederick William Cecil Anstey, a member of the Milborne Port Anstys, was born in Milborne Port on 11 February 1890 (though some sources say 1891) to parents Henry James Anstey and Sarah Kate Beach. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Alec George Anstey. Frederick grew up living in Milborne Port; he was at Baunton’s Orchard in the 1891 Census with his parents and grandparents, and at Wheathill in the 1901 Census – we cannot locate him in the 1911 Census.
On 2 April 1916, as World War One was raging, Frederick joined the Army. At the time of his enlistment he was a munition worker, confirming that his next of kin was his father Henry James Anstey. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 17 August 1916 (Service Number: 49440) and thence to the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918.
Frederick’s role in the RFC/RAF was “fitter (eng) [mechanic]“. He was appointed Acting Corporal in May 1917; then Corporal in July 1917; then Acting Sergeant in October 1917. Throughout the war, he served with units:
- “51 T. S.” August 1916 – October 1918;
- “Baldonwell” October 1918 – April 1919;
- “16 A. A. P.” April 1919 – December 1919;
- “100 Sqdn” March 1920
On 4 September 1919 Frederick was “Mentioned In Dispatches” in the Flight Journal ‘Flight‘ where it states: “It was announced by the Air Ministry on August 29 that the following officers and other ranks of the Royal Air Force (including personnel, Women’s Royal Air Force) have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State in respect of the valuable services they have rendered in connection with the War, and a note to this effect will accordingly be made in the Official Records :— ……49440 Sgt. F. Anstey….”. This achievement was also noted on his Service Record – Frederick was with “16 A. A. P.” unit at the time.
By December 1919 Frederick had become a Flight Sergeant with character “very good” and proficiency “excellent” with trade classification now “Fitter A. E.“. He was formally demobilised in March 1920; transferred to RAF Reserve ‘G’ on 13 April 1920; and “deemed to have been discharged” on 30 April 1920. He was not wounded during the war.
After the formal end of hostilities, Frederick married Laura Frances Trigg in 1919 in Upton on Servern, Worcestershire. They had at least two children in Upton on Severn, Eric H. Anstey (b 1924) and Dorothy M. Anstey (b 1929).
By the 1939 Register the family were living in Hillside Cottage, Great Malvern where Frederick was a “master dairyman“. He was still a dairyman in 1941 when he was executor to his father’s will. Also in 1941 according to the ‘Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer‘ (12 April edition), Frederick worked at North Malvern Dairy when he was witness to a fatal motor accident.
Frederick died on 25 January 1963 in Malvern, Worcestershire, still living at Hillside Cottage, North Malvern Road. Probate was to his widow Laura Frances Anstey.
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