Harry Anstey (b 1884)

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

Harry Anstey, a member of a currently unknown sub-branch, was born in 1884 in Westminster, though we cannot locate his birth registration, nor can we locate any censuses that he should have appeared in (particularly 1891 or 1901).

On 15 October 1901, aged “17 years and 7 months” Harry enlisted in the Army, signing up for a period of six years of service. Even though on his Attestation Form he stated that he was a labourer by trade, his handwriting and signature clearly indicates a gentleman of good education. On said Attestation Form, Harry indicated that he was still living in Westminster, at 29a Block, St John’s Chambers, Smiths Square; that he was Roman Catholic; and that he was working as a labourer “for his father” but that he was not an apprentice. He was posted to the 5th Battalion (5th/3rd) Middlesex Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 2734).

Harry was embodied on 6 January 1902 and embarked for South Africa on 22 February 1902 to fight in the Second Boer War. He was disembodied on 18 September 1902 having returned to England on that date. For his services in South Africa, he was awarded the South African War Medal with clasps ‘Transvaal’ and ‘Cape Colony 1902’.

On 9 February 1904 Harry was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers – after this we currently lose track of him.

Anybody who would like to add anything to this biography, or knows what became of Harry or how he connects to the Anstey pedigree, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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