Abraham Clayton Anstey, a member of the Castle Cary Ansteys, was born on 19 July 1885 in Bradford to parents Henry Anstey and Hannah Clayton. He grew up in Bradford, living at Violet Street, Bowling, Bradford in 1891. After his mother died when he was 14 years old, he lived with his father and stepmother at 57 Stamford Street, Bradford, working as a corn mill errand boy in 1901.
Abraham married Agnes Clegg in 1909 in Bradford and in the 1911 Census he was living with his wife and son Albert Anstey (b 1909 Bradford) at 12 Liversedge Row, Bradford where he was a carter for a general carrier – they also had another son in Bradford Henry Anstey (b 1912).
At the outbreak of World War One Abraham and his family were living at 7 Topsham Street in Bradford and by mid-1915 they were at 3 Monk Street. Abraham enlisted for active service on 2 December 1915 and he was posted to the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service Number: 205978). We know little of the specifics of his service, except that:
- He did serve abroad at some point;
- Per the War Office Daily List No.5748 dated 14 December 1918 he was “wounded in action“;
- He was discharged on 23 May 1919 “no longer physically fit for war service“;
- Due to his injuries he was given a Silver War Badge on 7 June 1919; and
- For his services, he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
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By the 1919 Electoral Register Abraham was back living with his family at 4 Monk Street, Bradford and at some point afterwards he became a postman in Bradford, as did his son Albert.
The ‘Leeds Mercury‘ on 22 July 1930 reported “Mail Van Crash: Two Hurt. When a mail van was being driven down Allerton Road Bradford yesterday, it skidded, crashed into a tram standard and overturned. The driver James O’Connel of Woodhouse Street Bradford sustained a scalp wound, and Albert Anstey, postman of Beldon Lane Bradford, suffered from shock“. The 1930 Electoral Register confirms that Abraham lived at 66 Beldon Lane at this time with his wife Agnes and son Albert.
The ‘Leeds Mercury‘ 22 July 1932 edition reported that Abraham and Agnes got divorced “Agnes Anstey weaver Back Lane Buttershaw Bradford [divorced] misconduct of Abraham Clayton Anstey postman Little Horton Lane, Bradford, with Janet Dinsdale at Southfield Lane Bradford“
Abraham’s son Albert married Annie L. Wood in Bradford in 1934 and a couple of years later Abraham himself married to Janet Dinsdale in Bradford – the lady with whom he had ‘misconducted’ causing his divorce.
By the 1939 Register Abraham was still a postman, living with Janet and another person (possibly their child) at 99 Hollings Road, Bradford. He died on 16 June 1945, living at 61 Fernsides Street in Bradford – administration was to his widow Janet Anstey.
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