Thomas Anstey (b 1771)

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

Thomas Anstey of the Bampton Ansteys fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). He was born in Bampton in 1771 to parents William Anstey and Ann Bindon (who married in Bampton in 1765).

Thomas was a Private Marine in the Royal Navy, sailing on HMS Spartiate in 1804 (Service Number ML 69). He was still serving on the same ship during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 when HMS Spartiate forced the surrender of the Spanish ship Neptuno, of 80 guns. For his services, Thomas appears on the Devon Trafalgar Roll. Thomas likely survived the Battle of Trafalgar because casualties were only three killed and twenty wounded out of over six hundred on board his ship. HMS Spartiate returned to her home port of Plymouth for repairs in December 1805 – it is not currently known whether Thomas disembarked.

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