Ernest Anstey (b 1885)

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

Ernest Anstey, a member of the St Luke Holborn Ansteys, was born in Hoxton, Shoreditch on 3 May 1885 to parents William Anstey and Eliza Cook. He was the brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Reuben Anstey and Garnet Anstey

Ernest was a fountain pen maker in the 1901 Census in Shoreditch. He married Ada Williams in 1910 in Walthamstow, at which time he was living at 117 Carr Road (his father was confirmed as “William Anstey envelope cutter”). By the 1911 Census Ernest was living with his wife at 58 Barrett Road, Walthamstow – he was a “Vulcanite turner fountain pens“.

Ernest was involved in World War One, however we currently know nothing about his experience and we cannot even separate him from his nephew, also Ernest Anstey (see the Researchers Note below). Ernest was either:

  • Labour Corps – Rank: Private – Service Number 325538; and then
  • Royal Fusiliers – Rank: Private – Service Number GS/106521

winning the Victory and British War Medals

or he was

  • Royal Fusiliers – Rank: Sergeant – Service Number: GS/88707

winning the Victory Medal (and probably British War Medal too).

In the 1939 Census, Ernest, together with his wife Ada and son Maurice Anstey (b 1917) were living at 63 Pembroke Road, Walthamstow – Ernest was an “ebonite turner“. Ernest and Ada likely also had children Gladys A. Anstey (b 1914 West Ham); Ernest F. Anstey (b 1916 West Ham); and William G. Anstey (b 1923 West Ham).

Ernest died in 1950 in Essex South Western (probably Walthamstow) “aged 65

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Researchers Note: We are very confident that both Ernest Anstey (b 1885) and his nephew Ernest Anstey (b 1891) are the two ‘Ernest Anstey’ who worked with the Royal Fusiliers during World War One (per above Service Numbers) because we find ZERO other ‘Ernest Anstey’ (with only one first name) born anywhere between c1875 and c1905. All other ‘Ernest Anstey’ born in a year range which would have made them potentially eligible for service during World War One had at least two first names.

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