Gordon Westbourne Anstey (b 1879)

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

Gordon Westbourne Anstey, a member of the Birmingham Ansteys, was born in 1879 in Harborne, King’s Norton to parents John Mathew Anstey and Amelia Mary Jones. He grew up in Harborne, and was still living there with his family as a young man in the 1901 Census, by which time he was an insurance clerk.

In 1909 Gordon married Dora Hubbard at Edgbaston Parish Church in King’s Norton; by the 1911 Census, he was a manager to an electro plate manufacturers living in Stanmore Road, Birmingham with his wife Dora and new-born daughter Thelma Louisa Amelia Anstey (b 1910, married Harry C. Reeves in 1939 in Birmingham). Gordon and Dora also had a daughter Olga V. Anstey (b 1912 in Birmingham, married Kenneth J. Poulton).

During World War One, on 6 June 1916, Gordon signed up for active service in Birmingham as a Private (Service Number: 152106); he was living at Islington Row, Birmingham, still a manager at an electro plate manufacturers. He was assigned to the Army Reserve on 7 November 1916, then mobilised on 28 March 1917 as a Gunner, assigned to the 11th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery in Plymouth. On 21 April 1917 at Citadel, Plymouth, attached to the 423 (Siege) Battery, Gordon was posted to Prees Heath for O. C. N (training?) at the 3 Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery.

On 25 August 1917 Gordon embarked at Southampton to join the E. E. F. (Egyptian Expeditionary Force), disembarking in Alexandria, Egypt on 12 September 1917. He was “in the field” on 28 September 1917 when he was temporarily admitted to hospital with Sandfly Fever. In December 1917 Gordon was transferred to Base Depot at Kantara, Egypt (near the Suez Canal), returning to the field at the end of January 1918. In February 1918 he was temporarily attached to “100 HAG [Heavy Artillery Group] Hdges” in the field, before rejoining 423 (Siege) Battery in Palestine in early April 1918.

Gordon was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on demobilisation on 16 February 1919 at Dover. For his services during the war, he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals (with clasp ‘8779’).

After the war ended, Gordon and his family continued to live in Edgbaston, Birmingham; for example in the 1921 Electoral Register they were living at Rotton Park Road, Edgbaston. At the time of the 1939 Register, Gordon was living at St Mary’s Road, Birmingham – he was an electro plate manufacturer.

Gordon died in 1943 “aged 64“; the ‘Birmingham Daily Post‘ 8 June 1943 edition reporting “DEATH: Anstey, Gordon Westbourne, late of Harborne, dearly beloved husband of Dora, at 10 Hillside Road, Four Oaks, on the 3rd inst. Funeral Service 12.30 St James Church, Hill, Mere Green, today“. On 15 October 1943, the same newspaper reported “Latest Wills: Anstey, Mr Gordon Westbourne of Four Oaks, left £4,260“.

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