Alfred Ernest Anstey, a member of the Dyrham Anstees, was born in 1870 in Newington to parents George Joseph Anstey and Elizabeth Sutton; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Herbert William Anstey. He grew up living at 7 Warwick Street, Lambeth then in 1897 in Lambeth he married Eliza French. They had children Alfred Herbert Anstey (b 1898 Gateshead – an Anstey Hero); Grace Mary Anstey (b 1900 Lambeth); Ernest Gordon Anstey (b 14 February 1904 Lambeth – see below); Edwin Wilfred Anstey (b 1905 St Olave); and William Reginald Anstey (b 5 February 1911 Walworth – see below).
In the 1901 Census the family were living at 18 Meadows Road, Lambeth where Alfred was a coachman, and by the 1911 Census they were living at 6 Balfour Terrace, Rodney Road, Walworth where he was an undertaker coachman.
We know next to nothing about Alfred’s World War One story except that at some point he enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service Number: M/333697) and for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
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In the 1921 Census Alfred and some of his family were living at 9 Florian Road, Putney – others appeared to be living (or visiting) Hitchen.
Alfred died in q3 1923 in Chelsea. On 6 June 1926 his widow Eliza, still living at 9 Florian Road, Putney, together with two of her sons, Ernest and William, sailed to Melbourne in Australia aboard the ship ‘SS Bendigo‘. Ernest and William remained in Australia throughout the rest of their lives, both buried in Centennial Park Cemetery Pasadena, Mitcham City, South Australia (in 1986 and 1995 respectively).
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