Thomas Henry Anstey (b 1898)

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

Thomas Henry Anstey, a member of the Hampton in Arden Ansteys, was born on 6 April 1898 in Coventry to parents Albert Edward Anstey and Ellen Alice Percival. He grew up living at 33 Swanswell Street, Coventry, and by the 1911 Census the family were living at 28 Binley Road, Coventry.

Thomas’ World War One story is very short indeed. He enlisted for service on 1 October 1918 in Coventry, joining the Royal Air Force as a Fitter (Service Number: 299705). The war ended a month later in November 1918 then, according to the ‘Police Gazette‘, on 17 December 1918 at Blandford he was deemed a “Deserter or Absentee from His Majesty’s Service“. However a week later all was resolved because the ‘Police Gazette‘ further reported that he was now “Reported as deserter or absentee who has rejoined or who for any other reason, is not to be apprehended“. Thomas was transferred to RAF ‘G’ Reserve on 27 March 1919, having served mostly in Blandford.

By the 1921 Census Thomas was back living in Binley Road, Coventry with his family – he was still living there with them at the time of the 1939 Register, where he was working as a machine tool fitter. A year later, in 1940 in Coventry, he married Gladys Maud Day, known as Glad.

Thomas died on 26 April 1990, living at 41 Omar Road, Copsewood, Coventry. He was buried at Coventry London Road Cemetery, gravestone inscription “Thomas Anstey beloved husband of Glad 26 April 1990. Gladys Maud Anstey beloved wife of Thomas 12 Mar 2002.

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