Thomas John Anstey (b 1893)

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

Thomas John Anstey, confusingly also known as John Thomas Anstey, a member of the Iddesleigh Ansteys, was born on 13 October 1893 in Iddesleigh, baptised 14 January 1894, to parents William Anstey and Lavinia Emma Woods; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Albert Arthur Anstey. He grew up in Iddesleigh and in the 1911 Census he was living with his family at Fursdon Farm, Iddesleigh, working as a ‘farmer’s son’.

Thomas (as ‘John Thomas Anstey’) was called up for service during the final year of World War One, on 21 June 1918 in Exeter (at which time he was still a farmer at Fursdon Farm), joining the Royal Marine Artillery, part of the Royal Navy, as a Private (Service Number: RMA/3433). He served with them until 12 March 1919, at which point he was demobilised.

For his services he was awarded the British War Medal as well as a War Gratuity of £5.

By Autumn 1919 Thomas was back living at Fursdon Farm with his brother Walter, ditto the 1921 Census, and he was still there in 1924. In 1925 in Okehampton he married Loveday Hannah Weeks and they had moved into The Bungalow in Iddesleigh together by 1926 – we find no children of this marriage, though there may have been one.

In 1936 Thomas was somehow connected to Upper Lodge, Nethercourt Hill, Ramsgate, which was near to where his brothers Albert and William, and sister Muriel, were living at the time, however by the 1939 Register he was still living at The Bungalow, Ash, Okehampton with his wife Loveday, working as a farmer.

Thomas died in on 21 December 1972 living at North Bullhead in Iddesleigh – his widow Loveday died in 1979 in Okehampton.

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