William Thomas Frederick Anstey, a member of the Batheaston Ansteys, was born on 1 August 1894 in High Street, Batheaston to single mother Mary Ann Anstey – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Arthur Edwin Anstey. We cannot locate him in the 1901 Census, though by the 1911 Census he was an unmarried ‘stenter’ at a bleach works in King Street Brachlaw, Turton, near Bolton in Lancashire.
At some point in World War One William signed up for active service, joining the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service Number: 710182). We know next to nothing of his war story except that when he married Ellen Partington on 13 February 1918 at Harwood Methodist Tottington Road Chapel, Bolton, Lancashire, he was described as a 23 year old driver for the Royal Field Artillery ‘C’ Battery 298 Brigade “11 Longsight and a stenter in a bleach works” – we find no children of this marriage, though there was possibly one.
The only other thing know is that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Anybody who can elaborate on this somewhat skeletal account, please contact us at email@example.com.
By the 1921 Census William was back living with his wife in Bolton, confirmed in the 1921 Electoral Register where he was at 10 Tottington Road, Turton, together with a ‘Mary Jane Partington’. William and Ellen were still living there in 1931.
By the 1939 Register they were living at 10 Hope Avenue, Bolton, Turton where William was a “Color Wheeler Textiles Heavy Worker“.
William died on 25 June 1969, still living at 10 Hope Avenue. His widow Ellen died in 29 May 1991 at Astley Grange Nursing Home, Blackburn Road, Bolton.
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