Percy Townshend Anstee (b 1889)

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

Percy Townshend Anstee, a member of the Edlesborough Anstees, was born on 28 July 1889 in St Giles, Bloomsbury to parents Percy Townshend Anstee and Sarah Brown. He grew up living at 55, Keppel Mews North, St Giles, Bloomsbury and by the 1911 Census he was living at 9 Euston Building, St Pancras with his widowed mother, working as a carman.

On 28 September 1913 in Pancras Percy married Eleanor Elizabeth Garrod – they had children together Phyllis Eleanor Anstee (b 11 June 1914 Islington, married Thomas C. Ellis) and Percy Townshend Anstee (b 9 August 1921 Pancras).

Around eighteen months after the outbreak of World War One, on 3 July 1916 in Chelsea, Percy signed up for active service. On his Attestation Form he noted that he was an “M. T. Driver” living at 9 Eton Stables, Eton Avenue, Hampstead (though he also wrote ‘99 Drummond Street, Euston Road, London‘). He was posted to the Royal Flying Corps (Service Number: 33807) as an Aircraft Mechanic 2nd Class.

On 1 December 1917 he was transferred to ‘86 Battalion RFC‘ and promoted to Aircraft Mechanic 1st Class, then on 1 April 1918, along with the rest of the Royal Flying Corps, he was transferred to the Royal Air Force.

In the 1919 Electoral Register the family were living at 7 Grafton Place, Pancras, though Percy had “NM“, meaning “Naval or Military Voter” and “a” meaning “Absent voter (serving in the armed forces)” next to his name – so he was evidently still on active service at this time. He was finally transferred to the Royal Air Force Reserves on 19 November 1919.

The family were still living at Grafton Place in 1926 and by the 1939 Register Percy and his family were living at 3 Winchester Mews, Belsize Park, Camden, Hampstead where he was working as a chauffeur.

Percy died in 1955 in Hendon.

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