Joseph Anstey (HA 30)

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.

HA 30. Joseph Anstey: He was born on 8 January 1884 in Solihull, baptised at St Augustine of England in Solihull on 10 February 1884 as ‘Josephus Anstey’ (so presumably Catholic), to parents William Anstey (HA 23) and Mary Robinson.

He grew up living at Warwick Road, Solihull where in 1901 he was a ‘groom gardener’. He married Edith Storey in Solihull on 28 June 1904 and they had children in Solihull William Joseph Henry Anstey (b 1904, buried 20 November 1907 Solihull); Herbert Anstey (b 1906); Irene Maud Anstey (b 1910); and Henry F. Anstey (b 1912). They were still living at Warwick Road Solihull in 1907 and they were still there in the 1911 Census where he was a “chauffeur groom“.

We know next to nothing about his World War One story except that by a process of elimination of other ‘Joseph Anstey’ he must have served as a Private with the Army Service Corps (Service Number: M2/181509) and for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Anybody who can elaborate on this please contact us at

By the 1921 Census he was back living with his family in Solihull. The ‘Kington Times‘ 27 June 1931 reported that “Mr and Mrs J. Anstey, Solihull” attended the funeral of Mrs Henry Storey (Edith’s mother).

He died in q3 1931 in Solihull.

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