Frederick William Anstey (b 1870)

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

Frederick William Anstey, a member of the Shoreditch Ansteys, was born in 1870 in Bethnal Green to parents John Anstey and Martha Brinkley (nee Lawrence) – he was sometimes referred to in his early life as ‘William’, though known as ‘Frederick’ in his adulthood.

Frederick grew up at John Street, St Leonard Shoreditch and later 35, Monteith Road, Stratford-Le-Bow, Poplar. He married Isabella Cartwright (b c1876 Hackney – probably the sister of Sarah Cartwright who married Frederick’s brother George) in 1896 in Shoreditch and they had the following children:

  • Isabella Martha Anstey (b 1896 Bethnal Green);
  • Martha Anstey (b 1898 Shoreditch);
  • William Frederick Robert Anstey (b 1900 Shoreditch);
  • Thomas Frederick Anstey (b 1904 Shoreditch);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1906 Shoreditch);
  • Ada Lucy Anstey (b 1908 Shoreditch);
  • John Anstey (b 1913 Shoreditch); and
  • Evaline M. Anstey (b 1917 Shoreditch)

In the 1901 Census the family (without Frederick) were living at 4, Fanshaw Street, Shoreditch. By the 1911 Census Frederick was a “wood fret cutter” living with his family at 64 Shap Street, Shoreditch – just a few doors down at 44 Shap Street lived his brother George and his family, as well as his father John.

Right at the beginning of World War One, on 14 November 1914, Frederick signed up for active service. He was posted as a ‘Driver’ with the Royal Engineers (Service Number: 1433), leaving England for Gallipoli, Turkey on 17 March 1915.

On 29 August 1915, Frederick was admitted to “hospital ship and fleet sweeper” (presumably off the coast of Gallipoli, though we seek confirmation of that) suffering from ‘sciatica’. He was treated for two days in hospital; at this time his age was noted as being 46.

On 7 July 1916 Frederick was admitted to a ‘C’ class ward at Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital at Millbank suffering from ‘neuritis’. On his Admittance Sheet it stated that he had been “in the field” with the ‘3/2 London Dsd? Royal Engineers (Territorial Force)‘; his age was confirmed as 46; his religion was ‘Church of England’; his ‘Service Completed’ was ‘1 year 8 months’ and his ‘Service in the Command’ was ‘6 months’. Frederick remained at that hospital until 7 August 1916, at which time he was transferred to ‘2 London General Hospital’.

Frederick was discharged on 25 September 1916, at the time he was with the ‘1st London Division Field Company Royal Engineers‘. He was issued a ‘Silver War Badge’ on 9 December 1916 under Regulation ‘Para 392 xvi King’s Regulation Sick.’ (no longer physically fit for active service). For his services he was awarded the 1915 Star, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

Frederick died in 1930 in Shoreditch, “aged 60“; his wife Isabella pre-deceased him in 1926 in Shoreditch.

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