George Anstey, a member of the Curry Rivel Ansteys, was born in 1886 in Rotherhithe, London to mother Caroline Anstey. In the 1891 Census he was incorrectly labelled as the son of Walter Palmer Anstey and Francis Fanny Howard (in fact they were his grandparents), living at Osprey Street, Rotherhithe. By the 1911 Census, George was correctly labelled, living with his uncle William James Anstey at 60 Ethelred Street, Lambeth – he was a bus conductor. Meanwhile, George’s mother Caroline Anstey had married John Owen in 1895 in Southwark and moved to Marsh Street, Newbury, Berkshire.
Very soon after the 1911 Census, George must have decided to emigrate to Canada because by October 1917, when he was drafted for service into the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War One per the Military Service Act 1917, he was a farmer living in Brethour P. C, Ontaria, Canada. On his Regimental Documents (Regimental Number: 3108052) his details were given as: Residence: Brethour P. C.; Date of Birth: 10 November 1886; Place of Birth: London, England; Marital Status: Single; Trade: Farmer; Name of Next of Kin: Mrs Caroline Owen (mother) 6 Marsh Street, Newbury, Berkshire; Previous Military Experience: None.
George received his medical examination at Haileybury on 23 October 1917 and given status “Category A-2“, though with “depressed arches“. He was called up for service at Hamilton, Ontario as a Private on 25 February 1918, attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment. However, less than a month later, on 21 March 1918, he was discharged from service at Hamilton, Ontario because of “disability pre-existing enlistment, not due to or aggravated by service” with his conduct deemed “good“.
George noted that he intended to return to Brethour in Ontario, however we cannot currently trace him after this point.
[Note: George is NOT the ‘George Anstey born 1885’ living in Victoria City, British Columbia, Canada with his wife Ruth in the 1921 Census – that ‘George’ is of the Coventry Ansteys]
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