John Anstice

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John Henry Anstice
Born (1897-10-25)25 October 1897
Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died 1970
Colchester district, Essex, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1916–1949
Rank Brigadier
Unit Royal Tank Regiment
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
Commands held 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
30th Armoured Brigade
7th Armoured Brigade
8th Armoured Brigade

World War I
World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Mentioned in dispatches

Brigadier John Henry Anstice DSO & Bar (25 October 1897 – 1970) was a British Army officer who commanded numerous brigades during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Anstice was commissioned into the Royal Tank 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 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]


  1. ^ a b c Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. World War II unit histories & officers "British Army Officers – 1939–1945" Check |url= value (help). World War II Unit Histories. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Orders of Battle
  3. ^ "Leigh Rayment – Peerage". Retrieved 21 November 2009.