William Henry Anstey, a member of the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, was born on 18 July 1899 in Bournemouth to parents Sidney John Anstey and Annie Maria Martin. He grew up living in Malmesbury Park Road, Bournemouth, first with his parents and then with his mother and younger siblings when his father died in 1910 – he was still living there at the time of the 1911 Census.
On 27 August 1917, around a month after his eighteenth birthday, and three years after the commencement of World War One, William signed up for service with the Royal Navy (Service Number: K45396). At the time of his enlistment he was a cabinet maker’s apprentice. He served on the ship ‘Victory II’ as rank ‘Sto II’ until on 16 May 1918 he was “invalided [due to] talipes equinovarus [clubfoot]“
William returned to live in Bournemouth and then on 27 September 1924 in Parkstone he married Dorothy May Imber (father confirmed as Sidney John Anstey). They had two sons in Poole, Garth W. Anstey (b 1933, died an infant) and Michael Sidney Herbert Anstey (b 1933).
By the 1939 Register the family were living at The Rosary Cornwall Road, Poole where William was a carpenter. He died in 1985 in Poole.
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