Many thanks to Richard Anstey for his contribution to this biography.
Percy Eugene Anstey, a member of the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys, was born on 20 July 1881 in Lychett Minster near Poole to parents John Anstey and Emily Grace Wye [Nye?]. He grew up in Lychett Minster, living at Peters Finger Inn, Lytchett Minster with his parents in the 1901 Census, at which time he was a “french polisher“.
Percy married Harriet Ann Dorothy Lowe in 1907 in Christchurch, Hampshire and they had nine children in Poole, being:
- Reginald Percy Anstey (b 1907);
- Irene Anstey (b 1909);
- Frederick Anstey (b 1911);
- Ethel E. Anstey (b 1912);
- Phyllis G. Anstey (b 1914);
- Charles E. Anstey (b 1916);
- Jessie G. Anstey (b 1921);
- Ivy G. Anstey (b 1923); and
- Henry George Anstey (b 1925 – has Anstey descendants alive today, some in Australia)
In the 1911 Census the family were living at Churchill Road, Poole where Percy was still a french polisher (he worked as a french polisher for ‘Drake and Son Shopfitters‘ in Bournemouth at some point). Then in 1914 Percy attended the funeral in Bournemouth of his uncle Charles Anstey, who also worked for ‘Drake and Son‘.
At some point during World War One, probably in 1915, Percy joined the 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 17757). He was later transferred to the Military Foot Police (Royal Military Police) as first a Private and later Lance Corporal (Service Number: P13219), serving in the Mesopotamia Theatre of War from 7 September 1916 to at least 1918 (in the 1918 Electoral Register he was listed under 71 Albert Road, Poole as “Anstey Percy Eugene P/13219 L/Cpl M. F. P.“).
We know nothing else about Percy’s war story except that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals – anybody who can elaborate on this please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By 1919 Percy was back living with his family at Albert Road, Poole. They were still living there at the time of the 1939 Register where he was still a french polisher.
Percy died in 1958 in Bournemouth.
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