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John Henry Anstice
Born (1897-10-25)October 25, 1897
Died 1970
Place of birth Prestwick, Ayrshire
Place of death Colchester district, Essex
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1916-1949
Rank Brigadier
Commands held 30th Armoured Brigade
7th Armoured Brigade
8th Armoured Brigade
Battles/wars World War I;
World War II;
- France;
- Middle East;
- Iraq;
- India;
- North-West Europe
Awards Distinguished Service Order & bar

Brigadier John Henry Anstice DSO & bar (1897–1970) was an officer in the British Army during the Second World War.

Military career

Anstice was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps on 7 April 1916 and from August that year he saw service in France and Belgium until the end of the First World War. In October 1922, he was transferred to the 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Between January 1934 and September 1937, Anstice was Adjutant of The Lanarkshire Yeomanry, a Scots Territorial Army unit. In 1939, he returned to the 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, this time as Commanding Officer, taking the unit to France.[1]

In 1940, Anstice was appointed commander of 30th Armoured Brigade[2] before transferring to command the 7th Armoured Brigade in 1941.[2] As part of the Persia and Iraq Command, Brigadier Anstice commanded the Brigade in Egypt, Ceylon, Burma, India, Iraq, Palestine and Syria.[1]

In 1944, he transferred again to command 8th Armoured Brigade.[2] Later that year, he was made Head Liaison Officer at Headquarters, 21st Army Group in Northwest Europe and then he became a General Staff Officer for Home Forces.[2]

Although he had commanded several brigades, this had been as a temporary brigadier; his substantive rank had been colonel. On 29 August 1948, he was promoted to Brigadier. Anstice retired on 2 August 1949.[1]

His daughter Sally Ann Wemyss Anstice married Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 9th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne in 1959.[3]

Honours and awards

Distinguished Service Order 22 October 1940, 28 October 1942
Mentioned in Despatches 29 April 1941


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. World War II unit histories & officers "British Army Officers - 1939-1945". World War II Unit Histories. World War II unit histories & officers. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Orders of Battle
  3. "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 21 November 2009. 

See also

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