Philip Roger Anstey, a member of the Dyrham Anstees, was born on 2 November 1897 (some sources say 1898) in Caldicot, Monmouthshire to parents William Philip Anstey and Anne Keene. He was sibling to fellow Anstey Heroes George Benjamin Anstey, Mary Caroline Anstey and Edward Keene Anstey. Philip grew up at Caldicot Village then Manor Farm in Rogiet.
We do not have any concrete evidence that Philip served during World War One itself, though we do know that he enrolled with the Royal Tank Corps in 1921 (Service Number: 541068), which does suggest that maybe he played some, as yet unknown, role during the war (though see below).
Philip’s date/place of attestation with the Royal Tank Corps was 24 March 1921 at Newport; his trade on enlistment was ‘farmer’; and his next of kin was his father, still living at Manor Farm, Rogiet. Philip was posted with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and he was discharged just over a year later on 31 March 1922 at Canterbury with character “very good” and ’cause of discharge’ noted as “Para 156 (3) TA Reg Free” (which to the best of our research is “at his own request“).
[Note: Per Wikipedia “In 1920 the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars began to recruit new members. On 21 October, its strength was 10 officers and 37 other ranks, rising to 16 officers and 208 other ranks by August 1921. The same year, the War Office ruled that only the fourteen most senior yeomanry regiments would be retained as cavalry, and offered the remainder the choice of converting to units of the Royal Field Artillery or reducing in size and converting to armoured car companies. On 25 November, the regiment chose the latter to become the 21st (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Armoured Car Company (TA) in the Royal Tank Corps“. Hence on balance it is likely that Philip probably did not serve during World War One itself and was one of the ‘new members’ recruited in 1920/21.]
In 1925 in Bassaleg, Philip married Gwenllian Mary Jones, the marriage being reported in the ‘Western Mail‘ 25 February 1925 edition “WELSH WEDDINGS: Anstey – Jones. The marriage has been solemnised at Shire Newton Parish Church between Mr Philip Roger Anstey, second son of Mr and Mrs W. P. Anstey of the Manor Farm, Rogiet, and Miss Gwenllian Mary Jones, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Jones, Grondra Farm Shire Newton, Chepstow. The best man was [his brother] Mr Ernest Anstey…the honeymoon is being spent in London“
Philip and Gwenllian had children Victor Philip Anstey (b 1927); Gwenllian B. Anstey (b 1929); and likely three others. By the 1939 Register the family were living at Home Farm Ruperra, Cardiff where Philip was a “farmer – heavy worker“.
Philip died in January 1982 in Pontypool – he was living at Southern Cross High Street Raglan, Gwent at the time of his death.
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