George William Anstey (b 1898)

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

George William Anstey, a member of the Dyrham Anstees, was born on 10 May 1898 in Fleet, baptised 19 June 1898, to parents Sydney Anstey and Edith Lucy Westcott. He grew up in Willesden, living at 81 Barry Road, Willesden in both the 1901 and the 1911 Censuses.

George was called up for service in the final year of World War One, on 17 July 1918 with the Royal Air Force as a Private (Service Number: 180728) – at the time of his enlistment he was a clerk by occupation and Church of England by religion. He served with “C. D. D.” from 17 July 1918 to 21 September 1918, at which point he was transferred to “8 C Wg” and then “1 C W” a month later. He was transferred to RAF Reserves ‘G’ Class on 18 January 1919.

At the time of the 1921 Census George was back living in Willesden with his family and later in 1921 he married Lillian Gladys Amor in Paddington – they had two children in Willesden Barbara Anstey (b 1925) and Peter Robert Anstey (b 1927).

In 1936 “Mr. G. W. Anstey [was] Chairman of the Executive Committee” and in 1937 “Mr. G. W. Anstey [was] President of Willesden Chamber of Commerce“. By the 1939 Register he was a “Works Manager-Safety Thermo Plastic Manipulation” living with his wife Lillian at 236 Watford Road, Wembley – he was also described at this time as “Mr. G. W. Anstey (works manager of the Willesden factory of the Safety Glass Company, Ltd.)“. He was still being referred to as “Mr. G. W. Anstey, of the Willesden Chamber of Commerce” as late as 1952.

George died on 16 November 1958 living at 18 Harrowdene Road, Wembley – probate was to his widow Lillian Gladys Anstey and son Peter Robert Anstey, a “steel fittings manufacturer“.

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