Charles William Gibbs Anstey (b 1886)

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

Charles William Gibbs Anstey, a member of the Chew Magna Ansteys, was born in 1886 in Clutton to parents Charles Anstey and Hester Gibbs. He grew up at Dumpers Farm in Chew Magna, Somerset, living with his father after his mother died when he was still a child. He was still there at the time of the 1911 Census – a farmer’s son working on the farm.

At some point soon after this Charles decided to emigrate because by 1914 he was living in Waitaki, Otago, and Timaru in New Zealand.

All we know of the extent (if any) of Charles’ involvement in World War One is that he appears in the ‘New Zealand World War One Soldiers‘ dataset with entry “Recruiting district: South Canterbury; Last address: Albury, Mackenzie County; Occupation: Ploughman“. According to the ‘Waimate Daily Advertiser‘ on 14 March 1917 “ANSTEY, Charles William Gibbs, ploughman, Albury” was part of the “Fifth Ballot of the South Canterbury Recruiting District“.

Whether Charles was actually called up for service through conscription we currently do not know, however as he was young, single and his name appears in one of the earlier ballots (there were a total of 23 conscription ballots in New Zealand), he would have been a prime candidate to be conscripted for active service. Anybody who has any such information regarding this matter please contact us at

By the 1925 New Zealand Electoral Rolls, Charles was a ploughman, residence “C/o G McCulloch Waihao Forks” in Waitaki. Then in 1927 he married Florence Emily Toogood in Timuru. Their marriage was reported in the ‘Western Gazette‘ on 23 September 1927 where it stated “ANSTEY – TOOGOOD On July 27th at Methodist Church Kingsdown, Timaru, New Zealand by Rev. Hoskins, Charles William Gibbs Anstey, only son of Charles Anstey, Felton, to Florence Emily (Florrie), eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. E. Toogood, Felton“. It was also reported in the ‘Timaru Herald‘ on 4 August 1927.

After their marriage, Charles and Florrie settled in Temaku, Timaru. We do not find any evidence of children from this marriage.

In 1960 Charles and his wife made one last trip back to England, on the ship ‘Rangitiki‘. Charles died a year later in 1961, he was buried at Temuka Cemetery, Temuka, Timaru District, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Probate was in 1962 in Timaru, with Charles, a “retired farmer of Temaku“, bequeathing everything to his wife Florrie absolutely (the will was written in 1939 at which time Charles was “unable to write by reason of bodily weakness“).

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