Thomas Christopher Ralph Anstey (b 1891)

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

Thomas Christopher Ralph Anstey, a member of the Bampton Ansteys, was born in Farnborough, Hampshire in 1891 to parents Thomas Henry Anstey (who fought in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879) and Caroline Alicia de Fonblanque. Thomas attended Trinity College, Cambridge University, matriculating in 1911, and then moved to Kensington, London, living at 45 Beaufort Gardens, Kensington with his family in the 1911 Census. He then became a Second Lieutenant in the Nottinghamshire Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in 1913.

By 1914 Thomas had become a Lieutenant for the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and at the outbreak of war, became attached to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Mounted Brigade, serving in 1915 as cavalry in Egypt (Service Number: P48805). It was during this stint, on 27 May 1915, that Thomas countersigned a postcard for a fellow soldier, signing his name as “T C R Anstey, Lieut SR Yeo“.

Later in 1915, Thomas and his regiment were dispatched from Egypt to Gallipoli in Turkey, performing an infantry role and serving there for three months. In January 1916 Thomas was promoted to temporary Captain, then on 22 August 1917 Thomas (again a Lieutenant) was reported as being “wounded in action”. In November 1917, Thomas was promoted again, this time to full time Captain of the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry.

Thomas survived the war, later becoming a stockbroker in the City of London. He eventually died in 1956, whilst residing in Paddington, London.

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