Sidney Anstey, a member of the Doynton Ansteys, was born in q4 1883 in Bedminster (as ‘Sydney Anstey’) to parents John Anstee and Clara Studley; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Edward John Anstee and George Anstey. He grew up living at New Margaret Place, Bedminster then in 1907 in Bath (as ‘Sidney John Anstey’), he married Alice Rosina Chambers (b 1886 Bath).
By the 1911 Census Sidney was an “Operator tobacco factory machinist” living at 4 Cromwell Street, Bedminster, Bristol with his wife and their children Annie Rosina Anstey (b 1909 Bedminster) and Sidney Anstey (b 1910 Bedminster). They also later had children in Bristol Edward W. Anstey (b 1912); Lilly M. Anstey (b 1914); Alice R. Anstey (b 1920); and Leslie G. Anstey (b 1922).
At some point during World War One Sidney signed up for service. Unfortunately we cannot find his Service Record (or any other detailed records) and all we know is the following:
- He served in the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 33550);
- He also served in the North Somerset Yeomanry as a Private (Service Number: 2158);
- He also served in the Royal Engineers as a Private (Service Number: 615990);
- In ‘The Gazette‘ Issue 31338 dated 13 May 1919 we find “Military Medal; Awarded for bravery in the Field [in France] to… S. Anstey Private 33550, Bristol, 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment“; and finally
- Sidney was also awarded the Victory and British War medals for his service.
Judging by the birth years of his children, it is likely that Sidney served in France from around 1916 through to the end of the conflict and beyond – though that is somewhat speculation at this stage. Anybody who can enlighten us with regards to further details of his war story, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the war Sidney returned to Bristol, where the family were still living at the time of the 1921 Census. He died in 1934 in Bristol, “aged 50“.
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