Charles Arthur Anstey, a member of the Bradninch Ansteys, was born 2 June 1892 in Bermondsey to parents John Anstey and Ada Sarah Pope; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero John Thomas Anstey. He grew up in Bermondsey, living at 20, Matson Street, Rotherhithe, St Olave Southwark in the 1901 Census, and by the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a messenger and living with his family at 5 Parkers Row Bermondsey.
Right at the outset of World War One, on 6 September 1914, Charles volunteered for active service – at the time of his enlistment he was still living at 5 Parkers Row Bermondsey. He was posted as a Private to the 1/22nd Battalion London Regiment Territorial Force (Service Numbers: 2116 and 680712).
After a period with the Reserves, Charles entered the ‘France & Belgium’ Theatre of War on 3 December 1916. He fought in the Battle of Messines in June 1917 and then during skirmishes leading up to the Third Battle of Ypres, he suffered a gunshot wound to his right knee on 20 July 1917 whilst fighting with ‘B’ Squadron, 22nd London Regiment.
He was admitted to the 31st Ambulance Train on 23 July 1917 and he returned to England on 5 August 1917 (his injury was confirmed in the War Office Daily List No.5340 on 17 August 1917).
Due to his injuries, Charles was discharged from service on 28 February 1918 and issued with a Silver War Badge on 8 March 1918, which was delivered to him at his home address 5 Parkers Row Bermondsey. For his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
Charles was still living with his family in Bermondsey in the 1921 Census – he then married Edith H. Bentley in 1925 in Southwark, having a single child Edith F. Anstey (b 1930). At the time of the 1939 Register he was a labourer living with his wife and daughter at 3 Stonehill Green, Joyden’s Wood, Dartford.
Charles died on 8 March 1983 living at Leyton House, Wilmington, Kent.
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