George Herbert Anstee (FL 26)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Flamstead Anstees. 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 Flamstead Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

FL 26. George Herbert Anstee: Known as Herbert in his younger days, he was born on 26 September 1895 to parents George Ernest Anstee (FL 12) and Agnes Sarah Thursfield. He grew up in Smethwick (as Herbert) and he was living with his family at Three Shires Oak Road, Smethwick in Kings Norton in the 1911 Census (as ‘Herbert’), working as a ‘milk lad’.

We believe (through a process of elimination of all other ‘Herbert Anstee’) that he served during World War One though we seek formal confirmation. The clues we currently have are “Herbert Anstee Service Numbers: T/649 and T4/248485 Army Service Corps – entered the France Theatre of War on 23 March 1915, was awarded the 1914/15 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals. Disembodied 23 February 1919“ From this we can also assume that he was in the Territorials before the outbreak of the conflict.

He married Lily Wright in q2 1920 in Kings Norton (as ‘George H.’) and in 1921 he joined the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers in Smethwick – he was a carpenter. In 1929 they were living with his parents at Thursfield, Slade Road, Roughley, Sutton Coldfield. In the 1939 Register ‘George Herbert’ and Lily were living at 25 Maney Corner, Royal Sutton Coldfield where he was a carpet and lino planner.

He died in q4 1973 in Weston Super Mare (as ‘George Herbert’).

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