Winston Anstey, also known as Winstone Anstey, a member of the Dyrham Anstees, was born in 1886 in Hanham to parents Tom Anstey and Lucy Jay, baptised in Hanham on 6 March 1887; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero John Anstey, growing up at Jeffries Hill. By the 1901 Census he was living with his family at Church Road, Kingswood, Keynsham, working as a cycle repairer, and by the 1911 Census he was still single and living with his family at Hanham Bristol, Kingswood, working as a painter.
In the very first month of World War One, on 31 August 1914 in Bristol, Winston signed up for active service. On his Attestation Form he noted that he was an “unmarried 28 year old painter born in Hanham“. He was posted to the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service Number: 11070), however a short time later, in December 1914, he was discharged with “character good“, the reason given “not being likely to become an efficient soldier (medical grounds)“.
The next we hear of Winston is on 17 September 1917, by which time he was a Private with ‘D’ Company of Training Reserve 96th Battalion (Service Number: 7/18096); he was then transferred to “Number 300 Reserve Protection Company R. D. C. Weymouth with effect 18 September 1917“.
Winston then became a Private in the Labour Corps (Service Number: 499455). Records indicate that he enlisted with “Labour Corps: A.C.L.C. ex R.D.C.” on 26 June 1917 and was discharged 28 September 1918 “having served overseas“. Winston was clearly badly injured during this period of his service because he was awarded a Silver War Badge on 11 October 1918 under “Para 392 Sickness xvi (a) (i)” – which indicates that he was no longer fit for war service because he was in a hospital.
At war’s end, Winston was eligible for a pension from the “Ministry of Pensions 29 November 1918 Award Office Chelsea” – he was also awarded the Victory and British War medals for his services with the Labour Corps.
By April 1919 Winston was back living at 2 Rosebury Terrace, Pitt Road, Hanham when he was unfortunate enough to witness the manslaughter of his mother by his brother. Later in the same year, he married Eva G. [probably Grace] Short in Bristol – we find no children of this marriage.
Winston died on 2 May 1926 at the Gloucester County and Mental Hospital – probate was in 1927 to beneficiaries Alexander Anstey and Annie Anstey (presumably his brother and sister in law).
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