Charles Henry Anstey, a member of the Batheaston Ansteys, was born on 16 October 1887 in Batheaston, baptised 25 December 1887, to parents John Anstey and Matilda Anne Bolwell; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Frederick George Anstey and Stanley Frank Anstey. He grew up in Bailbrook, Batheaston and by the 1911 Census he was a cellarman living with his widowed mother and siblings at 3 Bedford Street Walcot, Bath.
Charles married Mary Louisa Dando in q3 1916 in Bath – we find no children of this marriage. A few months earlier, on 7 December 1915, he had enlisted with the Labour Corps as a Private (Service Number: 133152) to do his bit for the World War One effort.
We know very little of his war story except that in the 1918 Electoral Register “Anstey Charles H. 42 Salisbury Road, Bath” was an ‘absent voter still on active military service‘. He was still an absent voter on active military service in 1919, by now registered at 33 Claremont Buildings, Walcott (as “Charles Anstey“). Finally, we know that he was formally discharged on 12 July 1919 – “Cause of discharge Sickness Para 392 xvi” and issued with a Silver War Badge.
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By 1920 Charles and Mary were living at 5 Sion Hill Place, Lansdown Ward and a year later they were at 10 Cavendish Place. By 1925 they were at 12 Oxford Row, Lansdown Ward, and at the time of the 1939 Register Charles was a married “Fitters Mate & Engineers Stores Clerk” living at 3 Marlborough Buildings, Bath.
Charles died in 1969 in Bath.
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