Benjamin James Anstey, known as Benny, a member of the Tiverton Ansteys, was born on 3 March 1899 in Bermondsey to parents James Forse Anstey and Anna Maria Lovell. He grew up in Bermondsey, living at 52 Guinness Buildings, Snow’s Fields, Bermondsey in 1901 and he was still there at the time of the 1911 Census.
We know next to nothing of Benny’s World War One story, except that at some point he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (Service Numbers: 111431 & 7250693) and for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
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By the 1921 Census Benny was back living in Bermondsey with his sister Ellen and father James, and in the 1939 Register the three of them were living at 112 Farmfield Road, Bromley, Lewisham where he was an unmarried baker salesman.
Benny died in 1971 in Southwark – as far as we know he never married.
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