William John Anstey

Memorial: Chipping Sodbury - School

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Pilot Sergeant

Parents: Howard and Eleanor Anstey

Marital status: Married

Home address: No 2 Council Houses Doynton

Pre-war occupation: Manual worker at colour factory

Date of birth: 21/12/1915

Date of death: 14/10/1941

Buried/Commemorated at: Holy Trinity Churchyard Doynton. Commemorated at Holy Trinity Church and at Chipping Sodbury High School.

Age: 25

Further information:

William was the eldest of 3 brothers. He attended Chipping Sodbury High School between 1926 and 1927. Married to Freda Ruby Rawlings with whom he had two sons: John and Philip.
He was stationed at RAF Raynham in Norfolk where he died with 2 others on a training exercise. He was piloting a Bristol Blenheim MKIV on a low-level training flight when he crashed on Clifton Farm, Clenchwarton, Norfolk. He died along with the observer and the wireless operator.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/114_wwII.html accessed 27th July 2018
20 October 1941 - Western Daily Press - Bristol, Bristol, England