Philip Roger Anstey (b 1897)

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

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Dyrham Ansteys. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Dyrham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

DY 83. Philip Roger Anstey: He was born on 2 November 1897 (some sources say 1898) in Caldicot, Monmouthshire to parents William Philip Anstey (DY 46) and Anne Keene. He grew up at Caldicot Village then Manor Farm in Rogiet, where he was living at the time of the 1911 Census.

We do not have any concrete evidence that he served during World War One itself, though we do know that he enrolled with the Royal Tank Corps in 1921 (Service Number: 541068), which does suggest that maybe he played some, as yet unknown, role during the war (though see below – our current conclusion is that he did not).

His date/place of attestation with the Royal Tank Corps was 24 March 1921 at Newport; his trade on enlistment was ‘farmer’; and his next of kin was his father, still living at Manor Farm, Rogiet. He was posted with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and he was discharged just over a year later on 31 March 1922 at Canterbury with character “very good” and ’cause of discharge’ noted as “Para 156 (3) TA Reg Free” (which to the best of our research is “at his own request“).

[Note: Per WikipediaIn 1920 the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars began to recruit new members. On 21 October, its strength was 10 officers and 37 other ranks, rising to 16 officers and 208 other ranks by August 1921. The same year, the War Office ruled that only the fourteen most senior yeomanry regiments would be retained as cavalry, and offered the remainder the choice of converting to units of the Royal Field Artillery or reducing in size and converting to armoured car companies. On 25 November, the regiment chose the latter to become the 21st (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Armoured Car Company (TA) in the Royal Tank Corps“. Hence on balance it is likely that he probably did not serve during World War One itself and was one of the ‘new members’ recruited in 1920/21.]

In 1925 in Bassaleg, he married Gwenllian Mary Jones, the marriage being reported in the ‘Western Mail‘ 25 February 1925 edition “WELSH WEDDINGS: Anstey – Jones. The marriage has been solemnised at Shire Newton Parish Church between Mr Philip Roger Anstey, second son of Mr and Mrs W. P. Anstey of the Manor Farm, Rogiet, and Miss Gwenllian Mary Jones, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Jones, Grondra Farm Shire Newton, Chepstow. The best man was [his brother] Mr Ernest Anstey…the honeymoon is being spent in London

They had children:

  • Victor Philip Anstey (b 1927);
  • Gwenllian B. Anstey (b 1929); and
  • likely three others.

By the 1939 Register the family were living at Home Farm Ruperra, Cardiff where he was a “farmer – heavy worker“.

He died in January 1982 in Pontypool – he was living at Southern Cross High Street Raglan, Gwent at the time of his death.

Anybody who would like to add anything to this biography, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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