Albert Edward William Anstey, known as Albert (Junior), a member of the Tiverton Ansteys, was born on 3 April 1895 in St Olave, Bermondsey to parents Albert Ernest Forse Anstey and Sophia Large. He grew up living at 18 Worthing Buildings, Bermondsey, St Olave, Southwark and by the 1911 Census he was still living with his family, at 12 Mina Road, Old Kent Road, Southwark, working as a van guard.
Right at the outset of World War One Albert signed up for active service. We are very fortunate that the ‘National Roll of the Great War‘ has a biography on Albert, stating “Anstey A (Junior) Driver R. F. A. Volunteering in 1914 he was drafted in the following year to the Western Front. Whilst there he took part in the heavy fighting on the Somme and at Arras, Ypres and in many other engagements until the conclusion of hostilities. He then served with the Army of Occupation in Germany until April 1919 when he was demobilised, holding the 1914/15 Star, and the General Service and Victory medal – 12 Mina Road, Walworth“
Adding to the above, we also know that at some point Albert was a Private with the Tank Corps; that he was a Driver for the Royal Field Artillery (Service Number: 76291); and that he first entered the ‘France’ Theatre of War on 26 August 1915.
After the war Albert returned to live in Southwark where in 1923 he married Florence Dorothy Morgan. They moved to Basingstoke and had a son Philip A. F. Anstey (b 1925). By the 1927 Electoral Register the family were living at 6 Merton Road, Basingstoke together with Albert’s father.
By the 1939 Register Albert, his wife and their child were living at Prelude Park Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke where Albert was a foreman at a “leather farmer and dyer“.
Albert died on 21 May 1966 still living at Prelude, London Road, Basingstoke – probate was to his widow Florence Dorothy Anstey.
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