Francis Henry Anstey (b 1898)

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

Francis Henry Anstey, known as Frank, a member of the Bradninch Ansteys, was born on 26 June 1898 (or 20 June 1898 or 19 July 1898 – sources differ) in Chippenham, Swindon, baptised 31 August 1898 at Park Lane Chippenham, to parents Thomas Anstey and Elizabeth Starling. In the 1901 Census he was living with his family at 177 Beatrice Street, Swindon, then the family moved to Slough, where he attended Stoke Road/Thomas Gray Primary School in 1904. He was still living with his parents at 1 Florence Villas, Montague Road, Slough in the 1911 Census.

In the final year of World War One Frank joined the Royal Naval Air Service (Service Number: F49190). At the time of his enlistment he was living at 78 Audley Street, Reading with his parents, and working as a turner. He began his service on 1 February 1918 on ‘President II‘ as an ‘Air Mechanic 2nd Class’, then on 1 April 1918, whilst working at Crystal Palace, he was transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force (Service Number: 249190) at Tregantle as an ‘Air Mechanic 3’. In May 1918 he was further transferred to the ‘E. Fortune’ unit of the R. A. F.

He was transferred to R. A. F. ‘G’ Reserve on 14 November 1919, having (as far as we know) served only in England, and by the 1921 Census he was back living in Reading with his family.

Frank married Florence Neva Coggins on 22 December 1928 in Reading – by this time he was a metal turner by trade. They had children Francis B. Anstey (b 5 May 1932 Eton) and probably two others. At the time of the 1939 Register, he was a lathe hand, living with his family at 121 Elm Park Road, Reading.

Frank died in Reading in 1957, still a metal turner and still living at 121 Elm Park Road. He was buried on 17 September 1957 at Henley Road Crematorium in Reading

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