ANSTEY, William Manley
(Service number 91037)

Aliases Enlisted as William Manly ANSTEY.
First Rank Last Rank


Date 22 July 1899 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 27 August 1918 Age 19 years 1 month
Address at Enlistment 15 Craighead Street, Timaru
Occupation Farm Labourer
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs B. ANSTEY (mother), 15 Craighead Street, Timaru
Religion Wesleyan
Medical Information Height 6 feet 1 inch. Weight 189 lbs. Chest measurement 37-41½ inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Varicocele - left. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. No notifications for consumption. Never under treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Never absent from work through ill-health or accident. Considerable left varicocele.

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Served with NZ Armed forces Served in Army
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Date 24 December 1966 Age 67 years
Place of Death 120 Havelock Street, Ashburton (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 27 December 1966
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated; ashes interred Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 210, Plot 36
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Manley Anstey was born on 22 July 1899 at Timaru, the youngest son of John and Bessie (née Chamberlain) Anstey. His father was for a time the Member of Parliament for Waitaki. Along with his siblings, William was educated at the Pareora East and Adair schools and tutored privately. On 19 August 1918, when William was just 19 years old, his parents both consented to his enlistment. Apart from considerable varicocele, William was in good physical condition. A well-built young man, he stood at 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighed in at 189 lbs, and had a chest expansion of 37-41½ inches. He married Margaret Dinsmore McBride in 1924. William's brother, John Thorn Anstey (Thorn), alreday married with two children, was examined by the Military Medical Board in Timaru in July 1918 and passed Fit A. On the day on which William was examined, Thorn appealed, staing that his brother who was that moring being examined, had been helping him on the farm. William was examined by the Travelling Medical Board on 27 August 1918 at Timaru.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0010197) [30 September 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [01 October 2016]; Timaru Herald, 24 July 1918, 28 August 1918, Press, 22 December 1934, 1 October 1935, 16 December 1936 (Papers Past) [01 October 2016]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [30 September 2016]; Timaru Herald, 27 December 1966 (Timaru District Library) [04 November 2016]

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