Douglas Harry Anstey (b 1887)

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

Douglas Harry Anstey, a member of the Kennford Ansteys, was born on 18 January 1887 in Exeter, baptised in Heavitree on 4 March 1887, to parents Harry Anstey and Mary Jane Miflin. He was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Frank Gerald Anstey; Reginald James Anstey; and Elsie Winnifred Anstey.

Douglas grew up living at Penleonard Cottage, Magdalen Road, Exeter and by the 1901 Census he was still living with his family at Fore Street, North Tawton where he was working as a “wool spinner“. By the 1911 Census he had moved to London, living at 36 Goswell Road, Glasshouse Yard, London and working as a “wholesale drapery porter“.

Relatively early in World War One, likely right at the outset of hostilities in late 1914, Douglas signed up for active service with the Army Cyclists Corp (Service Number: 3864). Unfortunately we cannot locate any Service Records and hence know little of his war story.

Indeed all we know is that he entered the ‘France Theatre of War‘ on 18 July 1915; that he was demobilised on 18 February 1919; and that for his services he was awarded the 1915 Star, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

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In the final year of the war, Douglas found time to marry Beatrice W. Marsh in q1 1918 in Bristol – we find no children of this marriage. By 1919 they were living at 13 Paddington Road, North Kensington, London. Douglas attended his mother’s funeral in North Tawton in 1930 and by the 1939 Register, Douglas and Beatrice were living at Lynwood Grange Road, Long Ashton where he was a “packer“.

Douglas died on 6 April 1973 living at 75 Whippingham Road, Brighton.

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