Reginald Anstey, known as Reggie, a member of the East Stoke Ansteys, was born in 1891 in Norton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire to parents James Anstey and Mary Ann Couzens – he was baptised at Norton Cuckney (though on certain documents he wrote that he was born in Caithness, Scotland). Reggie was the younger brother of fellow Anstey Heroes Herbert Lawrence Anstey and William George Anstey.
In the 1901 Census Reggie was living with his family in Berriedale Langwell, Caithness, Scotland and he was still there in the 1911 Census. Then around a year after the outbreak of World War One, on 30 October 1915, Reggie enlisted for active service in Caithness, joining the 6th Auxiliary Petrol Company of the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service Number: M2/136690). All we know of the 6th Auxiliary Petrol Company is that it formed in March 1915 and “provided local transport at Boulogne“.
On 10 March 1916, Reggie entered the ‘France and Belgium’ Theatre of War, serving on the Western Front with the Army Service Corps, and by 12 May 1916 he had been promoted to Lance Corporal. Currently we know nothing else of Reggie’s war story, except that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
After the war, Reggie returned to Scotland, marrying Jean McCracken in Blythswood in 1934. Reggie died in 1947 in Wick, Caithness, Scotland; he was buried at Berriedale Parish Churchyard, where his father and brother were also buried. Graveside details were “Spouse: McCracken Jean, Father: Anstey James, Mother: Couzens Mary A“.
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