Herbert Anstey, a member of the Crediton Ansteys, was born on 10 September 1900 in Willesden to parents Herbert Anstey and Emily Mary Skelton; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Henry Anstey. He grew up in Paddington and by the 1911 Census he was living with his mother and siblings at 185 Bravington Road, Paddington.
His father died in 1915 and by the time he enlisted for service in the final months of World War One, on 19 April 1918, he was living with his mother at 31 Himley Road, Tooting and working as a tinsmith. He was posted to the Royal Air Force as an Air Mechanic 3 (Service Number: 160564), serving with first unit ‘RD’ then ‘9ARD’ then ‘BEE’.
In August 1918 he joined the ‘4AD’ unit with the British Expeditionary Forces, then in November 1918 he moved to the ‘AeroService Unit’. In July 1919 he was with the ‘Unit Rep Comp’ and finally on 5 November 1919 transferred to ‘Home Est’. He was then transferred to RAF ‘G’ Reserves on 9 December 1919 – he was not wounded during the conflict.
By the 1921 Census Herbert was back living in Wandsworth with his mother and siblings. He married Doris Emma Wright in 1924 in Willesdon and they had at least one child – probably Joyce D. Anstey (b 1925 Marylebone). In the 1939 Register Herbert was a sheet metal worker living at 51 Balnacraig Avenue, Willesden with his wife Doris Emma, their child, and his mother Emily.
Herbert died in 1975 in Mendip, Somerset.
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