Harold Augustine Ansty, a member of the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, was born on 11 July 1897 in Romsey, Hampshire to parents George Ansty and Sarah Ann Rogers – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Walter William Ansty. Harold grew up living at Old Salisbury Lane, Romsey, attending East Tytherley Church Of England School, and by the 1911 Census the family were living at East Tytherley, Romsey.
We know next to nothing about Harold’s World War One story except for the following:
- Given his age he likely signed up in mid-1915 at the earliest;
- He served as a Private in the Hampshire Regiment (Service Number: 24135X);
- He also served as a Private in the Wiltshire Regiment (Service Number: 2039X);
- In the 1918 Electoral Register he was registered as at ‘East Tytherly’ but with “NM“, meaning “Naval or Military Voter” and “a” meaning “Absent voter (serving in the armed forces)” next to his name – as such he was very likely on active service abroad at this time; and
- For his services, Harold was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
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By the 1921 Census Harold was back living with his family in Romsey and by the 1925 Electoral Register he was living with his parents in Mottisfont, Dunbridge near Romsey.
Harold married Winifred Jarvis in Southampton in 1927 – the ‘Hampshire Advertiser‘ on 7 May 1927 reported “Mottisfont Wedding: The wedding of Mr H. A. Ansty, second son of Mr and Mrs G. Ansty of Woodlands, Dunbridge, and Miss Winifred Jarvis, niece of Mr and Mrs R. Austin of Bitterne Park, took place recently at the Church of the Ascension, Bitterne Park. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, wore a dress of white silk with wreath and veil and carried a bouquet of lilies… Mr R. Ansty [Harold’s brother] was best man“. They had children Peter R. Ansty (b 1929); Douglas C. Ansty (b 1937, emigrated to Canada in 1958); Violet A. Ansty (b 1939); and Richard J. Ansty (b 1940).
Harold was a keen whist player, winning a competition with more that sixty entrants at the Brockenhurst Lawn Tennis Club in 1935 – he was also a good shot with a rifle, participating in the Rifle League for Lyndhurst in the 1930s. By the 1939 Register Harold and his family were living at Lynton House, Park Close, Brockenhurst, where he was working as a gardener.
Harold was still living at Lynton House when he died on 24 December 1987, aged 90.
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