Stuart Anstey was born in February 1879 in Kingston on Thames, Surrey to parents Henry Chisholm Anstey and Fanny Carter; he is thus a member of the Otterton Anstey sub-branch. After spending his childhood in Kingston on Thames, by 1901 Stuart was a clerk at the London and South West Railway Company, still living in Kingston on Thames. He was still living there in the 1911 Census, by then working as a secretary.
Soon after the outbreak of World War One, on 13 January 1915, Stuart volunteered for active service in the Army, signing up in Farnborough (Service Number 2890). He stated that he was a ‘motorcyclist’ by profession, living in Weybridge, Surrey with his parents, and that he “understands that [he] will not be receiving the bounty of £5 on joining“. Stuart was immediately transferred into the Royal Air Force from the British Army, joining the Royal Flying Corps Military Wing as an ‘Air Mechanic 1st Class’.
On 10 September 1915 Stuart entered the France ‘Theatre of War’. After this we know nothing of his service until 1 January 1918 when he was promoted to Corporal. In April 1918 Stuart was transferred to the ‘Royal Air Force’, then in April 1919 after war’s end, he was transferred to Class G of the Air Force Reserve. For his services during World War One, Stuart received the 1915 Star Medal.
Stuart married Jessie Hill in Atcham, Shropshire in 1921; they had (at least) two daughters together. The family were living in Weybridge, Surrey at the time of the 1939 Register, where Stuart was a Clerk for a Shipping Oil Importer. Stuart died in April 1961, still living in Weybridge, described as a ‘retired bank official’ – he was buried in the family grave at Municipal B Cemetery, Weybridge.
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