Frederick George Anstey (b 1885)

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

Frederick George Anstey, a member of the Batheaston Ansteys, was born on 10 October 1885 in Batheaston to parents John Anstey and Matilda Anne Bolwell; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Charles Henry Anstey and Stanley Frank Anstey. He grew up in Bailbrook, Batheaston and then at some point he joined the Army because by the 1911 Census he was in Bangalore in India with the 14th Kings Hussars ‘B’ Squadron.

At the time of the outbreak of World War One Frederick was still serving, by now with the 20th Hussars as a Private (Service Number: 5635 or 5655). The ‘Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette‘ on 10 April 1915 contains a photo of him alongside the caption “For King and Country: Brave Bath Lads who have Answered the Call…Private F. G. Anstey of 4 Lower Dover Street with the 20th Hussars (5th Cavalry Brigade) at the Front

According to Wikipedia, the 20th Hussars “were based in Colchester at the start of the First World War, landing in France as part of the 5th Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Cavalry Division in August 1914. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Mons in August 1914 and both the First Battle of the Marne and the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914. It went on fight at the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914

Given that, for his services, Frederick was awarded the 1914 Star Medal as well as the Victory and British War medals, we can be confident that he fought in some (or all) of the above 1914 battles.

Frederick was later promoted to Corporal with the 20th Hussars and he also served as Corporal with the Corps of Hussars (Service Number: 47388) – we have no further details of his war story.

After the war Frederick married Mabel Frances Morris in 1919 in Bath and they had a son Francis Frederick C. Anstey (b 7 April 1922). By the 1921 Census they were living in Bath; in the 1922 Electoral Register they were at 1 Highmere Grove, Walcott; and they were still there in 1931. By the 1939 Register they were at 2 Worcester Buildings, Bath where Frederick was working as a painter.

Frederick died in 1953 in Bath.

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