Herbert Anstey, a member of the Doynton Ansteys, was born on 29 April 1884 in Weston, Bath to parents John Alvis Anstey and Ann White; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Henry George Anstey. He grew up in Weston, living with his family at 70 High Street, Weston in both 1901, where he was already working as a gas fitter’s labourer, and the 1911 Census, by which time he was working as a gas meter inspector. He married Mary Neno [Leno?] Tuck on 6 April 1912 in Bath and they had a single child Eileen M. Anstey (b 1 August 1925 Bath).
Just over a year after the outbreak of World War One, on 9 December 1915, Herbert signed up for active service – at the time of his enlistment they were living at 3 Lansdown Terrace, Weston, Bath. His papers indicate that at this time he was a gas meter collector inspector for the ‘Bath Gas Light and Coke Company‘, where he had been working for the past 16 years.
He was posted to Army Reserves (initially only deemed “medically fit for Home Service” however this must have been later revised) and then on 16 June 1916 he was mobilised with the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 27261). Almost immediately however he was attached to the 6th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service Numbers: 36358 and later 203350).
On 6 October 1916 Herbert joined the British Expeditionary Forces in Rouen, France, having sailed the previous day from Southampton. He was placed first as a Private with the 2/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in Rouen and then on 14 October 1916 he was transferred to the 2/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
He was granted leave to the UK from 8 November 1917 to 2 January 1918, then on 6 February 1918 he was posted to Worcestershire Regiment (2/8th Battalion, 182nd LTM Battery). He was again granted leave to UK from 6 December 1918 until 2 January 1919, still with the 2/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment then, after returning to France, he “proceeded to England (per ‘SS Lomna?’) for demobilisation” on 11 January 1919 and was demobilised on 9 February 1919. He returned to live at 3 Lansdown Terrace, Weston.
For his services, Herbert was awarded the Victory and British War medals, physically received in July 1921.
In the 1921 Census Herbert and Mary were living in Bath and by the 1939 Register Herbert was a ‘Gas prepayment collector’ still living at 3 Lansdown Terrace, Weston with his wife and daughter.
Herbert died in 1958 in Bath.
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