Harold James Anstey, a member of the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, was born on 25 June 1898 in Tollard Royal to parents William Ansty and Alice Kenis Bennett – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Herbert Thomas Anstey. He grew up living in Tollard Royal, attending Tollard Royal Council School in 1910 and still living with his family in Tollard Royal at the time of the 1911 Census.
We know very little about Harold’s World War One story, apart from the fact that:
- He served in the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service Number: T/26105);
- He also served in the “Forage section of the Army Service Corps” as a Driver (Service Number: ET/49238);
- He was awarded the Victory and British War medals for his service; and
- By the time of the 1921 Census he was still serving overseas with the Army
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After returning to England, Harold married Blanche Sophia Chown in 1924 in Tisbury and they had a single son Eric G. O. Anstey (b 1924). By 1928 they were living at Hill Grove, Swanmore and by the time of the 1939 Register the family were living at Red Lion Street, Kings Sutton, Brackley where Harold was a lathe hand.
Harold died on 4 October 1989, living at Whitehanger, Haselmere.
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