Ernest Anstey (b 1891)

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 1 (or 11) June 1891 to parents William Anstey and Mary Ann Ryan. He was the brother of fellow Anstey Heroes John Anstey and Henry Anstey.

Ernest was an unmarried “tailor cutter” living with his family at Edinboro Cottages Popham St, Islington in the 1911 Census, then a couple of years later in 1913 he married Lillian M. Lovell in Islington.

Ernest was involved in World War One, however we currently know nothing about his experience and we cannot even separate him from his uncle, 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 Register Ernest, his wife and their only known child Madeline R. Anstey (b 1915 Islington) were living at 11 Lavender Grove, Kingsland, Hackney – Ernest was a “cutter in the clothing trade“.

Ernest died in Hackney in 1977.

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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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