Eustace Harry Anstey (b 1894)

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

Eustace Harry Anstey, a member of the Kennford Ansteys, was born in Bristol (or Midsomer Norton – sources differ) on 19 October 1894 to parents Harry Anstey and Bessie Allen. He grew up in Bristol, living at 39 Dunkirk Road, Bristol in 1901, and in the 1911 Census he was an unmarried and unemployed errand boy living with his family at 10 Mivart Street, Easton, Bristol.

A couple of months after the outbreak of World War One, on 11 November 1914, Eustace volunteered for service with the Royal Navy Air Services as a Mechanic (Service Number: F1975) – at the time of his enlistment he was working as a mechanic.

He served as a Petty Officer Mechanic on HMS Pembroke III from 11 November 1914 to 31 March 1915 and then on HMS President II from 1 April 1915 to 25 September 1916, at which time he was discharged.

During this time Eustace was in Sulva Bay, Gallipoli, with the 11th Squadron of the Royal Navy Armoured Car Division as a Petty Officer (Service Number: 1938). He was admitted to hospital for three days with influenza on 14 September 1915 (at the time he was on duty in Suvla Bay); on 18 November 1915 (still in Suvla Bay) he was admitted to hospital for 8 days with dysentery; and then a couple of months later he was discharged from 19th General Hospital on 23 February 1916 having suffered a bout of tonsillitis – he was at this time described as “age 22, 15months of service and 8 months with the ‘field force‘”.

On 21 November 1916 Eustace again entered service with the Royal Navy, this time with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (Service Number: MB1777) – at this time he was still living at 10 Mivart Street. He worked on numerous ships as a ‘Chief Motor Mechanic’, including HMS Hermione; HMS Shikare; and HMS Arrogant, until he was demobilised on 1 May 1919, receiving a character reference as “very good” and a War Gratuity for his services, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

At the time of the 1921 Census Eustace was living with his parents in Bristol, then later in 1921 in Bristol he married Violet P. Clifton, having a son Robert Frederick Anstey (b 1922 Bristol).

By the time of the 1939 Register Eustace and his family were living at The Terrace, Betton, Bitton, Warmley where he was a garage proprietor.

Eustace died in 1962 in Weston Super Mare.

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