Bertie Stone Anstey, a member of the Bradninch Ansteys, was born in Topsham in 1881 to parents Henry Thomas Stone Anstey and Harriet Hannah Pearce. He was brother to Sydney Robert Henry Anstey and Robert John Pearce Anstey.
He grew up living at Dinneford Street, Thorverton, as well as in Topsham. By the 1901 Census he had left home and was boarding at Cravenhurst Stables, Grange Road, Eastbourne, Sussex, a “groom domestic” by trade. He married Clara Illman in 1907 in Godstone, Surrey and they had children:
- Elise May Anstey (b 1908 Dulverton);
- Frederic [Fredric] Sidney Anstey (b 1912 Tavistock, served in the Royal Marines from 1929 to 1951. He married Muriel Habakkuk in Plymouth St Simon on 29 July 1933 and died in Plymouth in 1987 – this family has Anstey descendants alive today);
- Douglas F. Anstey (b 1916 Devonport); and
- Raymond Philip Anstey (b 1922, married Rita Weeks in 1944 in Nottingham and became a civil servant – see below. He died on 10 June 1973 living at 209 Stockwood Lane, Stockwood near Bristol).
By the 1911 Census the family were living at Langstone Cottage, Brentor Tavistock in Devon where he was a “chauffeur domestic“.
During World War One he served as a Private with the Mechanical Transport section of the Army Service Corps (Service Number: M2/167535). Unfortunately we have absolutely no details of his war story apart from the fact that for his services he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. Anybody who can enlighten us in this matter please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the war he returned to live with his family. By 1930 they were living in Bridgetown, Werrington and in the 1939 Register Bertie and Clara were living at Elmside House, Exeter – he was at this time an “unemployed butler“.
He died at the City Hospital in Exeter on 8 November 1963, living at 3 Wynards Magdalen Street in Exeter at the time of his death. He was buried at the Higher Cemetery in Exeter (Plot Reference: ‘Sec: B/H Div: G No: 265’, where his widow Clara was also buried a year later). Probate for Bertie was later in 1963, dealt with by his youngest son Raymond Philip Anstey, by then a civil servant.
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