The Sixpenny Handley Ansteys

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

Overview of the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys

The Sixpenny Handley Ansteys of Dorset are a sub-branch of the Gussage Ansteys, who themselves are a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys.

There are two Sixpenny Handley Anstey patriarchs, being brothers John Anstey who married Alice Feltham in Sixpenny Handley in 1748, and William Anstey who married Ann Maidment a year later in Sixpenny Handley in 1749.

We include in this sub-branch Woodcutts [Woodcotts] and Tollard Royal, both of which lie right next to (or in) Sixpenny Handley. Many Sixpenny Handley Ansteys had their children baptised in next-door Gussage.

William Anstey (b 1717 Gussage)

William Anstey (b 1717 Gussage to father Richard Anstey) married Ann Maidment in Sixpenny Handley in 1749. They had children:

William Anstey died in 1752 in Sixpenny Handley, so his widow Ann Anstey remarried James Vincent in 1757 in Chettle (she was a “widow of Sixpenny Handley“). James Vincent was witness to the marriage in East Stoke in 1802 of William Anstey (b 1777).

John Anstey (b 1726 Gussage)

John Anstey (b 1726 Gussage to father Richard Anstey) married Alice Feltham (b 1725) in Sixpenny Handley in 1748. They had the following children baptised in Gussage St Michael:

  • John Anstey (b 1749, probably died in Sixpenny Handley in 1765? – though see John Anstey (b 1747) below);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1751, buried an infant in Gussage “daughter of John and Alice“);
  • William Anstey (b 1752 – see below);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1757);
  • James Anstey (b 1761, died 1762);
  • James Anstey (b 1763, died an infant);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1764, died in 1765);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1765, died an infant).

John Anstey (b 1726) was buried in Sixpenny Handley in 1815 aged 90. Alice Anstey, his widow, died in 1816 in Sixpenny Handley, aged 91.

John Anstey (b 1747)

In 1771, John Anstey married Ann Jay in Sixpenny Handley. We have somewhat of a problem here because we have three possible “John Anstey” from this sub-branch who this could be, and a good case can be made for each one. Working backwards, we know that John Anstey was born in c1747 because of his burial in Sixpenny Handley in 1827 “aged 80“. This John Anstey could therefore be either:

  • John Anstey (b 1749 to John Anstey (b 1726) because he had brothers called ‘James’ and he named a son ‘James’); or
  • John Anstey (b 1750 to father Thomas Anstey (b c1715 – see the Gussage page) because his father was called ‘Thomas’ and he named a son ‘Thomas’); or
  • John Anstey (b 1751 to father William Anstey (b 1717) because his stepfather (who brought him up after his father died when he was an infant) was called James Vincent, and he named a son ‘James’)

We need more clues to disentangle this one, though the evidence currently points to John Anstey (b 1751) because William Anstey (b 1777 below) had James Vincent as witness to his 1802 wedding in East Stoke.

John Anstey (b c1747/51) and Ann Jay had children in Sixpenny Handley:

  • Sarah Anstey (b 1774);
  • William Anstey (b 1777, married Charlotte Angel in 1802 in East Stoke, he is the patriarch of the East Stoke Ansteys);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1780);
  • James Anstey (b 1786 – see below);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1790);

John Anstey died in Sixpenny Handley “aged 80” in 1827; his widow Ann Anstey died in Handley in 1829 “aged 82”

William Anstey (b 1752 Gussage)

William Ansty (b 1752 Gussage to father John Anstey) was “of Wimborne St Giles” when he married Mary Johnson in 1777 in Sixpenny Handley. They had children:

  • Ann Anstey (b 1789);
  • William Anstey (b 1792 – see below);
  • Mary Ansty (b 1793, died an infant?);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1793);
  • John Anstey (b 1796, died in Sixpenny Handley in 1814 “aged 18“);

Mary Anstey (wife) died in Sixpenny Handley in 1811 and William Anstey died in Sixpenny Handley in 1818 “aged 68

James Anstey (b 1786 Sixpenny Handley)

James Anstey (b 1786 in Sixpenny Handley) married Diana (Dinah) Davis in Chettle, Dorset in 1807 (he was “of Tarrant Gunville“, witnesses were Henry Watts and Elias Lane). Dinah died in 1817 in Dean, buried in Sixpenny Handley, so James Anstey remarried Catherine Scammel (known as Kitty) in 1819 in Sixpenny Handley. They lived in Dean, later Minchington and finally Sixpenny Handley, having numerous children baptised in Gussage St Andrew, namely:

  • John Anstey (b 1808);
  • James Anstey (b 1810, married Rhoda Hart in Wimborne St Giles in 1843 (father confirmed as “James Anstey“). They had children in Wimborne St Giles and Sixpenny Handley James Thomas Anstey (b 1844); Mary Jane Anstey (b 1848, known as Jane, married Thomas Maidment in 1869 in Sixpenny Handley. She died in April 1880 buried at St Clement Church, Bournemouth); Charles Hart Anstey (b 1853, died in March 1880 in Bournemouth likely without marrying, buried at St Clement Church with inscription “brother of Jane Maidment“); William George Anstey (b 1856 – see below); Arthur Henry Anstey (b 1859, baptised 25 December 1859 Handley. He married Caroline Palmer in Christchurch in 1889 – they had no children. In the 1911 Census they were living at 66 Shelbourne Road Bournemouth where Arthur was a commissioner’s carter); and Sidney John Anstey (b 1863 – see below). In the 1871 Census the family were living in High Street, Sixpenny Handley. By the 1881 Census James Anstey was a farm gardener, living with his family in Alexandra Cott, Christchurch, Hampshire);
  • Harriet Jane Anstey (b 1813, James Anstey was a “labourer“, they were living at Dean);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1816 – by which time James and Diana were living in Minchington);
  • John Anstey (b 1819 – James and Catherine, still living in Minchington);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1821, had an illegitimate son Thomas Anstey (b 1845 Gussage St Andrews – see below) and then she married Henry Rolls in c1850);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1823);
  • Sophia Anstey (b 1824, a servant in Deanland in the 1851 Census);
  • William Anstey (b 1827 – see below);
  • Aaron Anstey (b 1829, baptised 1 February 1829 in Gussage – his parents James (a labourer) and Catherine were now living in Sixpenny Handley. Aaron Anstey married Eliza Moxam in 1862 in Wimborne and in the 1871 Census they were living without children at The School, Long Critchell, Wimborne where Aaron was a carter. Aaron died in 1897 in Blandford and in the 1911 Census his widow Eliza Anstey (though the census says she was “married“), was living with her sister Losiah Moxam at Underhill East Knoyle);

In the 1841 Census, the family were in Minchington and by the 1851 Census, James Anstey was a “pauper agricultural labourer” living at Woodcutts in Dean, Sixpenny Handley with his sons John Anstey and Aaron Anstey.

William Anstey (b 1792 Sixpenny Handley)

William Anstey was born on 19 February 1792 in Sixpenny Handley to parents William Anstey and Mary Johnson. He married Sarah Tolerfield [Tollerfield] in 1814 in Sixpenny Handley, having children in Sixpenny Handley:

  • John Anstey (b 1815 – it is possible that this ‘John‘ moved to Bloxworth, though this doesn’t fit with the 1851 Census entry where his father William, living with him, was born in 1777 – see East Stoke Anstey page for more);
  • Peter Anstey (b 1817, baptised 16 June 1817 in Sixpenny Handley. He married Martha Hardiman on 17 September 1843 in Sixpenny Handley and he was living in Deanland Road, Sixpenny Handley as an agricultural labourer in the 1851 Census with their two sons John Anstey (b 1847) and William Anstey (b 1851));
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1819, married Samuel Joy on 16 June 1844 in Sixpenny Handley, living with her father in 1861);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1823, died an infant?);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1824);
  • William Anstey (b 1826 – see below) and
  • Jeremiah Anstey (b 1828, also known as George J. Anstey, patriarch of the Utica, NY Ansteys of America).

In 1830 William Anstey took part in the Swing Riots and he was imprisoned on 27 November 1830 to await trial – the ‘Dorset County Chronicle‘ reported on 9 December 1830 that “Committed to Dorchester Gaol: William Ansty and John Read for feloniously destroying threshing machines at Handley“. However he was acquitted in the trial in January 1831 reported in the ‘Albion and the Star‘ 14 January 1831 “William Stokes, William Anstey (39), Samuel Zillwood, John Read, James Thick and Robert Zillwood..charged with breaking a thrashing machine in the parish of Handley on November 24, the property of James Dixon. Mr Dixon stated that a mob of about 50 persons came to the premises of his aunt – they were armed with sledged and large sticks. He asked them what they wanted and they said they came to destroy his machines. Seeing some faggots nearby they said ‘Here are faggots – lets burn the machine’. They then piled some together and set fire to and burnt the machine…did not see the prisoner Anstey there at the time but the others were present. When the machine was on fire Anstey came and went into the barn from which he brought out a box of tools used for taking down and putting up machines. This the mob knocked about and broke to pieces, the tools were all lost…Anstey and Robert Zillwood in their defence declared they were pressed by the mob…the jury acquited [Anstey]

The family were living in Handley Street, Sixpenny Handley in the 1841 Census (transcribed as ‘Ainsty’). William Anstey (a labourer) and Sarah were living alone in Sixpenny Handley next door to the ‘Vincent‘ family in 1851. In the 1861 Census William Anstey was living with his daughter Mary Ann Joy and her family in Sixpenny Handley (his wife probably predeceased him in 1855). William Anstey died in 1863 in Sixpenny Handley)

William Anstey (b 1826 Sixpenny Handley)

William Anstey was born in 1826 in Sixpenny Handley to parents William Anstey and Sarah Tolerfield – he was baptised on 8 July 1826 in Sixpenny Handley. In the 1841 Census he was living with his family and by the 1851 Census he was living in London Road, Maidstone as a footman. William Anstey then married Sarah Barber on 16 April 1853 in St Pancras and they had children:

  • Rosa Anna Anstey (b 1854 Little Sampford, had an illegitimate son Percy Edgar MacFarlane Anstey (b 16 October 1876, he was living with his grandparents in 1881 and was baptised on 20 August 1882 in Little Sampford. Then in q2 1901 in Hampstead he married Kate Margaret Clowes, having children Kathleen Ethel Anstey (b 1901 Chelmsford, known as Ethel) and Edgar Harold M. Anstey (b 1907 Watford). In the 1911 Census Percy was a chef living with his family at 12 Addiscombe Road Watford. He died in 1935, buried on 17 April 1935 at Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford plot reference: ‘1066/1‘). Rosa Anna Anstey died in 1904 in Wandsworth);
  • Lilly Cora Anstey (b 1857 Yarmouth, unmarried and working as a lodging house keeper at 24 St Johns Road Tunbridge Wells in the 1911 Census);
  • Minnie May Anstey (b 1859 Little Sampford)

The ‘Essex Standard‘ on 24 February 1860 reported “William Anstey, landlord of the Fighting Cocks Public House at Little Sampford was summoned by Inspector Osmar for keeping his house open between the hours of 3 and 5 o clock in the afternoon on Sunday 22 January – Mr Anstey admitted that he had been cautioned and that the house was open at 4 o clock – the service at their church being over early…

In the 1861 Census the family were living at the Fighting Cock, Church End, Little Sampford where William was an innkeeper. In September 1861 Sarah Anstey (wife) died. The ‘Chelmsford Chronicle‘ 27 June 1862 reported “Fighting Cocks Inn New Sampford. Mr Benjamin Thurgood is instructed by the assignee of Mr W. Anstey, brewer, innkeeper and general shopkeeper, a BANKRUPT, to sell by auction…all the stock in trade…the neat household furniture, feather beds….

On 5 February 1863 William Anstey married Sophia Praill in Shoreditch, having further children in Little Sampford:

  • Hugh William Anstey (b 1863, baptised in Little Sampford on 13 September 1863. He married Mary Alice Appleyard in 1893 in Manchester. By the 1911 Census Hugh was a butcher living with his wife at 178 Cowley Road Oxford);
  • Ethel Jane Anstey (b 1868, died an infant);
  • Joseph Henry Anstey (b 1 August 1870, married Jessie Eliza Eagles in 1899 in Hackney, having a son Hugh William Anstey (b 21 February 1900 Saffron Walden). He was a blacksmith in 1904 in Little Bardfield, he ran the Fighting Cocks Inn with his father – see below. In the 1911 Census he was a blacksmith on a farm living at Flands Cottage Berners Roding Ongar Essex. By the 1939 Register he was an incapacitated blacksmith living with his family at 175 Windmill Lane, Ealing);
  • Owen John Anstey (b 1872, married Sarah Annie Gertrude Beamand [Beamond] on 23 September 1902 in Bordersley having children in Aston Valda Annie Monnington Anstey (b 1903); Monnington Anstey (b 1906); and Helen Ivy Gertrude Anstey (b 1910). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 1 Poplar Avenue Palmerston Road Sparkbrook, Aston where Owen was a meat salesman);
  • Ethel Sophia Anstey (b 1876); and
  • Ivy Jane Anstey (b 1876, baptised in Little Sampford on 2 July 1876. She was an unmarried lady’s maid at The Manor House Frimley in the 1911 Census)

In 1869 the ‘Chelmsford Chronicle‘ reported that a thief was “charged with having stolen on the 16th April a sow and 14 young pigs, value £11, the property of William Anstey, landlord of the Fighting Cocks Inn, New Sampford

The family were still at the Fighting Cocks Inn in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses (indeed William Anstey was the pub landlord at the Fighting Cocks from 1857 to his death). In 1894 per the ‘Sheffield Evening Telegraph‘ 27 October 1894 edition “At the Great Bradford (Essex) Session, yesterday, William Anstey, landlord of the Fighting Cocks Inn, and churchwarden of his parish, was charged with selling intoxicating liquors during prohibited hours…

William Anstey died on 24 March 1903. After his death his son took over the Fighting Cocks Inn until October 1904 – the ‘Evening Star‘ 22 November 1904 reported “Joseph Henry Anstey, blacksmith of Little Bardfield said ‘I was the former tenant of the inn, which had been in the possession of my father and myself since 1857. The brewers gave me a quarters notice to leave on October 11th [1904?] but there was some dispute about the valuation and I refused to sign the transfer. I stayed on until the 15th October when the valuation had been made…“.

William Anstey (b 1827 Gussage)

William Anstey was born in 1827 (though censuses vary between 1823 and 1832) in Gussage to parents James Anstey and Catherine Scammel, baptised 8 February 1827 in Gussage. In 1841 he was in Gussage with John Coles and Charlotte Carl. He married Ann Davis on 12 September 1853 in Sixpenny Handley and they had children in Tollard Royal:

  • George Ansty (b 1855, baptised 5 August 1855 in Tollard Royal. He married Sarah Ann Rogers in Tisbury in 1888 and they had children in Tollard Royal and later Romsey Lillian Gertrude Ansty (b 1889, attended Michelmersh School in Hampshire in 1902, married Mr Leonard [Lennard] and was living with her Ansty family in the 1911 Census); Walter William Ansty (b 1891 – an Anstey Hero); Elsie Mary Anstey (b 1893); Mabel Kathleen Ansty (b 1895, living with her family in the 1911 Census); Harold Augustine Ansty (b 1897 Romsey – an Anstey Hero); and Reginald Ansty (b 1902, living with her family in the 1911 Census. He was best man at his brother Harold‘s wedding in 1927). By the 1901 Census the family were living at Old Salisbury Lane, Romsey Extra where George Ansty was a carter on a farm. By the 1911 Census they were at East Tytherley Romsey where George Ansty was a cowman on a farm – also with them was a grandson Jack Ansty (b 1909 Romsey). By 1925 George and Sarah Ann were living in Mottisfont, Dunbridge near Romsey with their second son Harold Augustine Ansty. Sarah Ann died in 1928 – the ‘Hampshire Advertiser‘ reporting on 1 December 1928 “The death has occurred of Mrs. Sarah Ann Ansty, wife of Mr. Geo. Ansty formerly of Dunbridge who had recently lived at Brockenhurst. The funeral service, which took place at Brockenhurst Baptist Church last week, was conducted by Mr H. Simpson. Chief Mourners were Mr G. Ansty (husband); Mr A? and Mr R. Ansty (sons); Mrs Lennard (daughter); Mrs H. E?. Ansty (daughter in law)…“. George Ansty died in 1932 in Lymington); and
  • William Ansty (b 1857, married Alice Keiza [Kenis?] Bennett in 1892 in Tisbury and they had children in Tollard Royal Herbert Thomas Anstey (b 1893 – an Anstey Hero – see below); Harold James Anstey (b 1898 – an Anstey Hero); Reginald John Anstey (b 1901, died an infant); Laura Emma Anstey (b 1904); Ernest George Anstey (b 1907, died an infant); and Albert Leonard Anstey (b 1908, living at Springwood Cottages, Burley Lodge with his family in 1930). In the 1901 and 1911 censuses they were living in Tollard Royal where William Anstey was a farm labourer – confirmed 6 children 4 still alive. In 1930 William and Alice, together with two of their sons, were living at Springwood Cottages, Burley Lodge)

In the 1861 Census they were living at Woodcutts Common, Sixpenny Handley where William Anstie was an agricutural labourer. In the 1881 Census the family were living at Tollard Street, Tollard-Royal, Tisbury where William Anstey was a carter.

Thomas Anstey (b 1845 Gussage)

Thomas Anstey, known as Tom, was born to single mother Eliza Anstey, baptised in Gussage All Saints on 26 October 1845. He married Jane Lane in 1869 in Wimborne and they had children in Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley:

  • Tom Ansty (b 1869, a labourer living at home in the 1881 Census);
  • Harry Ansty (b 1870 – an Anstey Hero);
  • James Ansty (b 1873 – see below);
  • Harriet Ansty (b 1875, a servant at Allington, Amesbury, Wiltshire in the 1891 Census);
  • Sarah Ann Ansty (b 1877, known as Annie);
  • George Ansty (b 1879, baptised 12 March 1879 in Gussage St Andrew, living with his mother in 1891. By 1901 he was an unmarried agricultural labourer living at Little Ann, Abbotts Ann, Abbots Ann, Andover, Hampshire with his brother William – the farm was occupied by Ann Maidment (b 1855 Woodcutts). George married Mary Ann King in 1907 in Hungerford and they had children in Amport Thomas George Ansty (b 1909) and Evelyn Amy Ansty (b 1911). In the 1911 Census George was a brewer’s arayman living with his family at Brewery Cottages Amport);
  • William John Ansty (b 1880, baptised 31 October 1880 in Gussage St Andrew, living with his mother in 1891. By 1901 he was an agricultural labourer living at Little Ann, Abbotts Ann, Abbots Ann, Andover, Hampshire with his brother George. In the 1911 Census he was unmarried and a contractors labourer living with his mother and stepfather at Heywood Broughton, Bossington); and
  • Mary Eliza Ansty (b 1883, living with her mother in 1891)

In the 1881 Census the family was living at Sixpenny Handley where Tom was an agricultural labourer. Tom Anstey died in 1890 in Wimborne and in the 1891 Census the family were living at Woodcutts, Handley, Wimborne where Jane Ansty was a widow. A year later on 27 February 1892 in Bowerchalke Jane remarried Edward Dorymeade and in the 1911 Census they were living at Heywood Broughton, Bossington

William George Anstey (b 1856 Gussage)

William George Anstey, sometimes known as George, was born in 1856 in Sixpenny Handley, baptised in Gussage, to parents James Anstey and Rhoda Hart. He grew up in High Street, Sixpenny Handley where in 1871 he was an agricultural labourer. William George Anstey married Elizabeth Ann Sumner (b c1865) in 1880 in Christchurch, Hampshire and they had children in Christchurch/Bournemouth:

  • Anna Maria Anstey (b 1880, known as Annie);
  • Charles James Anstey (b 1883 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Lillian [Hilda] Florence Mary Anstey (b 1885, known as Lilly, married Herbert Chester Watts in Christchurch in 1903 and she was living with her ‘Anstey’ family in the 1911 Census);
  • Emily Anstey (b 1888, died an infant)
  • William George Anstey (b 1888, died 1889);
  • Daisy Evelyn Anstey (b 1890, living with her family in the 1911 Census – she married James Henry Hogben in Christchurch in 1914);
  • Sidney Herbert Anstey (b 1891 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Rhoda Winifred Maud Anstey (b 1893, known as Maud, living with her family in the 1911 Census – she married Percy J. Farmer in 1917 in Christchurch);
  • Reginald Henry Francis Anstey (b 1896 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Dorothy May Anstey (b 1898, living with her family in the 1911 Census – she married Albert T. Pearson in Bournemouth in 1925 and she was mentioned in the 1959 probate of her brother Reginald Francis Anstey);
  • Leslie Grenville Anstey (b 1898 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Gladys Janet Anstey (b 1900, died an infant);
  • Elsie Gertrude Anstey (b 1902, died 1903);
  • Ida Kathleen R. Anstey (b 1904, living with her family in the 1911 Census – she married Ernest Tastard in 1927 in Bournemouth); and
  • Edward Thomas Anstey (b 1906, living with his family in the 1911 Census – he became a Merchant Seaman and was living with his brothers Reginald Francis Anstey and Leslie Anstey at 81 Stourvale Road, Bournemouth in the late 1920s)

In the 1901 Census William George Anstey (as ‘George Ansley‘) was living at 30, Fitzharris Road, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Hampshire & Dorset – he was a cab proprieter. In the 1911 Census, William George Anstey was a cab driver living with his family at 42 Chatsworth Road, Bournemouth.

William George Anstey died in 1926 in Bournemouth, his age was confirmed as 70.

Sidney John Anstey (b 1863 St Giles)

Sidney John Anstey was born in 1863 in St Giles (some sources say Buwick St John, Wiltshire) to parents James Anstey and Rhoda Hart. He grew up in High Street, Sixpenny Handley then in 1898 in Christchurch Hampshire he married Annie Maria Martin. They had children in Bournemouth:

By the 1901 Census the family were living at 23, Malmesbury Park Road, Bournemouth where Sidney was a fishmongers assistant. Sidney John Anstey died in 1910 in Christchurch “aged 46“. In the 1911 Census his widow Anna Maria and her children were still living at 23 Malmesbury Park Road Bournemouth where she was a laundress.

James Ansty (b 1873 Sixpenny Handley)

James Ansty was born in Handley in 1873, baptised 27 April 1873 (as ‘Anstey’) to parents Thomas Anstey and Jane Lane. He was a carter living with his mother in the 1891 Census then in 1902 in Eton he married Hannah Maria Franklin (as ‘Ansty’) and they had children in Thorney/Langley Bucks:

  • Harry James Ansty (b 1903, with his ‘Franklin’ grandparents at Railway Cottage Iver in the 1911 Census);
  • Mary Jane Ansty (b 1905, with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Thomas William Ansty (b 1906, with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Alfred George Ansty (b 1908, with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Frederick J. Ansty (b 1910, known as Fred, with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Lucy N. Ansty (b 1912);
  • Nancy C. Ansty (b 1915);
  • John Ansty (b 1917); and
  • Mabel F. Ansty (b 1919)

In the 1911 Census the family were living at Tower Cottages Iver Uxbridge where James Ansty was a waggoner on a farm.

Herbert Thomas Anstey (b 1893 Tollard Royal)

Herbert Thomas Anstey, an Anstey Hero, was born on 24 July 1893 in Tollard Royal to parents William Ansty and Alice Kenis Bennett – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Harold James Anstey. He grew up in Tollard Royal and then in around 1910 he decided to join the Army. By the 1911 Census Herbert was a Private in the Dragoon Guards at Mandora Barracks, Stanhope Lines Aldershot.

We know very little about Herbert‘s World War One experience, though presumably he was still with the Dragoons at the outbreak of war in August 1914 because he entered the ‘France’ Theatre of War on 16 December 1914 with the 6th Battalion of the Dragoons (Service Number: D/5612). We have no further details of his war story except that for his services, he was awarded the 1915 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

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Herbert was still “overseas” with the Army at the time of the 1921 Census. In 1930 he was living with his parents and brother at Springwood Cottages, Burley Lodge. By the 1939 Register he was a ‘machinist aero pistons profiler‘ living at Fleetwood Res Copse Road, Burley, Ringwood and Fordingbridge – living with him was a lady called Lilly M. Peetermans, who he later married in 1944 in Christchurch, Hampshire (we find no children of this marriage).

Herbert died on 5 September 1970, living at 44 Bond Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton.

Further Details on the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys

#1. George Anstey born in Sixpenny Handley in 1848 is son of Arthur Anstey, perpetual Curate of Handley who was living there at that time. This family is not connected to the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, they are part of the Milverton Anstey sub-branch.

#2. William Anstey and Harriet (Hoyle) who had a son Henry in Sixpenny Handley in 1815 were married in Fisherton Anger in Wiltshire in 1814. William Anstey was a butcher by trade and a widower when he married Harriet.

#3. John Anstey (b 1861 Handley), a coachman, and his wife Elizabeth (b 1861 Aldershot, Hants) were living at 9 Abbey Gardens N W, St Marylebone in the 1911 Census – they had three children of whom one was still alive in 1911. We cannot currently find any more information about this ‘John Anstey’

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