Frederick John Ansty (b 1877)

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

Frederick John Ansty, a member of Dorchester Anstys, was born in c1877 (some sources say 1876, others 1878) in Notting Hill to parents Frederick James Ansty and Caroline Wright. He was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes George Henry Ansty; Joseph Edward Ansty; Peter James Ansty; Charles Albert Ansty; and Reuben Walter Ansty.

Frederick grew up in Beaufoy Road, Battersea, Wandsworth and then at some point, probably once he attained the age of 18 in 1895, he signed up with the Royal Navy for twelve years of service. All we know of this stint is that firstly in the 1901 Census he was a Private aboard the ship HMS ‘Minatour‘, a 1st Class Cruiser which was by that time a training ship docked at Portland (though his place of birth is incorrectly given as ‘Bedminster, Bristol’). Secondly, on his 1918 Royal Air Force form per below, Frederick indicated that he had previously “served 12 years with R. M. L. I. [Royal Marine Light Infantry]“.

Frederick married Amelia Clara Stanley (b 1879 Wimbledon) on 30 October 1905 (as ‘Frederick James Anstey’) in Battersea and they had at least two children Elsie Caroline Violet Ansty (b 28 December 1907 Balham, married Robert Burnside) and Lillian Ester Ansty (b 1909 Balham, died in 1913). In the 1911 Census the family was living at 7 Coverton Road, Tooting where Frederick was a “general labourer” (his name confirmed as ‘Frederick John Ansty’ and his birth place confirmed as ‘Notting Hill’).

It is likely that Frederick (as “F. G. Ansty“) was a Matron’s Porter for the Red Cross between 26 July 1915 and 4 March 1916 – his address was given as 930 Garrett Lane, Tooting.

On 1 September 1916, as World War One was raging, Frederick signed up for active service with the Army. At the time of his enlistment he was a lift attendant and the family was living at 980 Garret Lane, Tooting. We have no further details on his time in the Army, but on 1 April 1918 he was transferred to the Royal Air Force (Service Number: 148821).

Frederick was immediately posted to “1 SAG” [School of Aerial Gunnery?] as a Private, then in February 1919 he was transferred to “Crystal Palace Disp Cen“. A month later he was transferred to RAF ‘G’ Reserve, then he was “deemed discharged” on 30 April 1920.

Frederick died in Battersea in 1934. His widow Amelia Clara was a “cloakroom attendant” in the 1939 Register living at 69 Garratt Terrace, Tooting Broadway, Wandsworth with her daughter Elsie and her family. Amelia herself died in 1967 in Wandsworth.

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