George Anstey (b 1896)

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

George Anstey, a member of the Doynton Ansteys, was born on 30 December 1896 in Bedminster to parents John Anstee and Clara Studley; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Edward John Anstee and Sidney Anstey. He was living with his family at 35 Ivy Terrace, Bristol in 1901, and by the 1911 Census he was already working as a printer layer, living with his sister Rosina Banks and her family, as well as his widowed mother, at 63 West Street, Bedminster.

We know very little about George’s World War One story as we cannot locate his Service Records. What we do know is:

  • He served with first the Army Cyclist Corps as a Private (Service Number: 1979), then the Gloucester Regiment (Service Number: 202755), and finally the Lancashire Fusiliers (Service Number: 328018);
  • The ‘War Office Daily List No.5709‘ report date 30 October 1918 noted that “Lance Corporal G. Anstey 328018 Lancashire Fusiliers next of kin Bedminster [was] wounded and entitled to wear a Wound Stripe“; and
  • For his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals 

Anybody who can enlighten us with regards to further details of his war story, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

By 1921 George was back living with his mother (now Clara Snook after remarrying) in Bedminster then in 1934 in Keynsham he married Elsie May Bown – we find no children of this union. At the time of the 1939 Register George and Elsie were living at 26 Grantham Road, Two Mile Hill, Bristol where he was a switchboard engineer.

George died on 28 September 1974 still living at 26 Grantham Road, Kingswood, Bristol – his widow Elsie died in 1980 in Bristol.

Anybody who would like to add anything to this biography, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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