Thomas Henry Anstey (b 1898)

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 Hampton in Arden 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 Hampton in Arden Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

Thomas Henry Anstey (HA 33), a member of the Hampton in Arden Ansteys, was born on 6 April 1898 in Coventry to parents Albert Edward Anstey (HA 22) and Ellen Alice Percival. He grew up living at 33 Swanswell Street, Coventry, and by the 1911 Census the family were living at 28 Binley Road, Coventry.

Thomas’ World War One story is very short indeed. He had clearly been applying for exemption from conscription since he turned 18 because the ‘Coventry Evening Telegraph‘ on 06 June 1918 reported from the Warwickshire Appeals Tribunal that “Thomas Henry Anstey (20) Grade 1, Plemont Villa, Binley Road, engineering apprentice, made a successful application to be allowed to go before the medical assessors

He was presumably declared fit for service because he was called up on 1 October 1918 in Coventry, joining the Royal Air Force as a Fitter (Service Number: 299705). The war ended a month later in November 1918 then, according to the ‘Police Gazette‘, on 17 December 1918 at Blandford he was deemed a “Deserter or Absentee from His Majesty’s Service“. However a week later all was resolved because the ‘Police Gazette‘ further reported that he was now “Reported as deserter or absentee who has rejoined or who for any other reason, is not to be apprehended“. Thomas was transferred to RAF ‘G’ Reserve on 27 March 1919, having served mostly in Blandford.

By the 1921 Census Thomas was back living in Binley Road, Coventry with his family – he was still living there with them at the time of the 1939 Register, where he was working as a machine tool fitter. A year later, in 1940 in Coventry, he married Gladys Maud Day, known as Glad.

Thomas died on 26 April 1990, living at 41 Omar Road, Copsewood, Coventry. He was buried at Coventry London Road Cemetery, gravestone inscription “Thomas Anstey beloved husband of Glad 26 April 1990. Gladys Maud Anstey beloved wife of Thomas 12 Mar 2002.

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