William Arthur Anstey (b 1887)

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

William Arthur Anstey, a member of the Kennford Ansteys, was born in 1887, baptised 8 May 1887 in Beer near Sidmouth, to parents William Anstey and Louisa Selley.

[Note: William’s year of birth varies wildly in documentation, from 1887 right up to 1895, though it is certainly the same person]

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in the 1911 Census he was living with his family at 2 The Crescent, Temple Street, Sidmouth, working as a grocer’s assistant

Look for service records in FMP

British Army 53326 Private Machine Gun Corps 62nd Battalion

British Army 3330

British Army 3789 Devonshire Yeomanry

The ‘Western Times‘ on 10 December 1915 reported “Extracts from a letter received by the parents on Saturday last concerning William Arthur Anstey Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry read – ‘I must have had a lucky escape. As far as I can remember I was out in the riding school but whether I was kicked or thrown I cannot say. I was unconscious for two or three days. The doctor said I had contracted a fracture of the spine, and I am now in hospital, the least movement in bed drives me nearly mad with pain’. From later information we are glad to say that Anstey is progressing satisfactorily

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