Walter William Ansty (1891-1915)

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

Walter William Ansty, a member of the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, was born in 1891 in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire to parents George Ansty and Sarah Rogers. He was the second eldest of six children (brother to fellow Anstey Hero Harold Augustine Ansty), the family moving from Tollard Royal to Old Salisbury Lane, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire, at some point before 1901.

By the time of the 1911 Census, Walter had already enlisted into the Army in Winchester in Hampshire, and he was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment in Wynberg, Cape Province, South Africa. From there he served in Mauritius until 1913 and then India until 1914. At the outbreak of World War One, Walter and his battalion returned to England, arriving on 22 December 1914. In early 1915, he set sail to Gallipoli in Turkey, by now he was a Corporal (Regimental Number: 8673). Walter took part in the fatal Landing at Cape Helles during the Battle of Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and he was killed in action three days later on 28 April 1915.

Walter is honoured at the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 126-135 or 223-226 228-229 & 328). He is also commemorated on a plaque at St Peter’s Church, East Tytherley in Hampshire. On 28 April 2015, the Tenor bell of St Peter’s Church tolled 100 times to commemorate the centenary of the death of ‘Corporal Walter William Ansty, of the 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment’. 

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