Joseph Edward Ansty, a member of the Dorchester Anstys, was born on 29 January 1891 in Battersea, Wandsworth to parents Frederick James Ansty and Caroline Wright. He was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Frederick John Ansty; George Henry Ansty; Peter James Ansty (his twin); Charles Albert Ansty; and Reuben Walter Ansty.
Joseph grew up at 33, Bramwell Street, Battersea and by the 1911 Census he was a boot repairer living with his widowed mother at 47 Scholars Road, Balham, Wandsworth.
Just over a year after the outbreak of World War One, on 16 February 1916 at Wandsworth, Joseph signed up for active service under the ‘Derby Scheme‘ – he was still living at Scholars Road at the time. He was posted to the 8th T. F. [Territorial Force] Artillery School (Service Number: 9899).
Later that year Joseph married Edith S. Downs in Wandsworth and then at some point very soon after that (very likely still in 1916) he was transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery as a Driver (Service Number: 172204). Unfortunately we cannot locate any further details of Joseph’s war story, except that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
After the war Joseph returned to live in Wandsworth and they had to our knowledge a single daughter Joyce E. Ansty, born in 1921 in Croydon. By the 1939 Register Joseph, again a boot repairer, was living at 57 Sistova Road, Balham, Wandsworth with his wife and daughter, and his twin brother Peter James Ansty.
Joseph died in Wandsworth in 1947.
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