Albert Francis Anstey (b 1894)

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

Albert Francis Anstey, a member of the Kennford Ansteys, was born in 1894 in High Barnet to parents John Edmund Page Anstey and Ellen Carter. He grew up in East Molesey, living with his family at 2 Percy Cottages East Molesey in the 1911 Census, working as a ‘garden lad’.

Albert enlisted for service just over a year after the commencement of World War One, on 21 October 1915 at Kingston – at the time of his enlistment he was working as a chauffeur and living at Albert Cottage, Beauchamp Road, East Molesey. He was initially posted to the Army Service Corps as a Private (Mechanical Transport – Service Number: DM2/137663), however he was later transferred to the 1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 33283) – this transfer likely occurred on 18 January 1916.

Unfortunately we know nothing more other than the fact that, for his services, Albert was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

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On 15 April 1919, still a Private with the 1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Albert married Eliza Jane Livingstone (b 1894, a parlourmaid) in East Molesey – they had children Ellen M. M. Anstey (b 1920 Kingston) and Kathleen F. P. Anstey (b 1928 Staines).

In the 1921 Census Albert was still with the ‘Armed Forces Overseas’ and by 1927 the family were living at 11 Cherry Orchard in Staines. By 1931 they were living at 1 Ivy Cottage, Cambridge Road, Ashford Common and at the time of the 1939 Register the family were living at 11 Cemetery Lane, Sunbury-On-Thames, where Albert was a millboard cutter man.

Albert died in 1965 in Surrey.

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