Herbert George Anstey, a member of the Doynton Ansteys, was born in 1893 (one source incorrectly says 29 June 1891) in Westbury (registered as ‘George Herbert Anstey’) to parents William Anstee and Mary Ann Slugg; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Robert Anstee and Walter Reginald Anstey.
Herbert grew up at Bowden’s Fields and Westbury Hill in Henbury, however by the the 1911 Census he was an inmate at the Wilts Reformatory School in Warminster.
At some point very early in World War One, Herbert signed up for active service, joining the 18th Battalion Corps of Hussars as a Private (Service Number: 14511).
We know very little of his service except that a) he entered the ‘France’ Theatre of War on 23 May 1915, b) by the time he married Edith Emily King (b 1893) in Longfleet on 22 September 1917 he was a Corporal with the 18th Hussars and c) for his services, he was awarded the 1915 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.
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Herbert and Edith had children Basil William Anstey (b 27 December 1919 Bristol, a tractor driver and groundsman in 1955); Irene M. Anstey (b 1921 Thornbury); Margarite J. Anstey (b 1922 Thornbury); Oswald Anstey (b 1924 Thornbury); Graham Anstey (b 12 July 1925 Thornbury); Cuthbert Anstey (b 1926 Thornbury); and Allen Anstey (b 1927 Thornbury)
[Note: the birth timing of his first child does suggest that Herbert resumed active service immediately after his marriage until at least war’s end in late 1918.]
By the 1921 Census Herbert was back living with his family in Thornbury and at the time of the 1939 Register he was a stoker at ARP School living with his family at The Bothy Eastwood Park, Falfield, Thornbury.
Herbert died on 9 April 1955, still living at The Bothy Eastwood Park, Falfield – probate was to his son Basil William Anstey and his sister Mabel Lucy Anstey (a spinster in 1955). His widow Edith died in Gloucester in 1972.
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