George Edward Anstey (b 1894)

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

George Edward Anstey, a member of the Kennford Ansteys, was born on 20 April 1894 in Lambeth, baptised 30 May 1894 as a Catholic at Camberwell Sacred Heart, to parents George William Townsend Anstey and Emily Eliza Cleverley; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes John Joseph Anstey and Herbert Henry Anstey. George grew up living in Lambeth and by the 1911 Census he was an unmarried servant living at 33 Chester Square, St George Hanover Square.

We know very little about George’s World War One story as we cannot locate any Service or Medical records. What we do know is the following:

  • He was a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery (Service Numbers: 1214 and 947828);
  • He entered the ‘France’ Theatre of War on 4 October 1915; and
  • For his services he was awarded the 1915 Star Medal as well as the Victory and British War medals.

Anybody who can enlighten us further regarding George’s war story please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

George married Marie Louise V. McKernan in 1919 in Lambeth and they had at least one child Herbert Reginald Anstey (b 1920 Wandsworth, known as Reggie) – at the time of the 1921 Census they were living in Lambeth.

By the 1939 Register George was living at 71 Leighton Gardens, Kensal Green, Willesden working as an ‘Army Corps Ranger 10656 NDC‘ – he was described as “married” but we find no wife or children residing with him at that time (with him was ‘Margaret Sharpe’ – a widow born 1888). [Note: His wife Marie was certainly still alive – she died in 1985 in Henley]

George died on 14 March 1966 still living at 71 Leighton Gardens, Kensal Rise – probate was to his son Herbert Reginald Anstey, an “insurance agent“.

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

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