See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Edlesborough 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 Edlesborough Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.
ED 28. Harold Anstee: He was born on 1 July 1897 in Hull to parents Edward Joseph Anstee (ED 23) and Mary Ann Jenkins. He attended Llanion School, Pembroke Dock in 1901 and then moved to Dundalk, Ireland in 1903, where he was living with his family in the 1911 Irish Census. After they returned to England in 1913 they settled in Mountain Ash, Pontypridd.
At some point fairly early in World War One, most likely early 1915, he signed up for active service, though we have few details as we cannot locate his Service Records. What we know is the following:
- He served with the Royal Field Artillery (Service Number: W/3456) first as a Gunner and later as a Bombardier;
- He entered the France Theatre of War on 25 December 1915;
- According to the ‘War Office Daily List No. 5705‘ Report Date 25 October 1918 “H. Anstee Bombardier Royal Field Artillery Service Number: 3456 Next Of Kin Address: Mountain Ash” was wounded in action and “entitled to wear a ‘Wound Stripe’“; and
- For his services he was awarded the 1914/15 Star medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.
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By the 1921 Census he was back living in Mountain Ash, Pontypridd with his family. He married Mary Esther Jenkins (known as Polly) in 1922 in Pontypridd and they had children in Mountain Ash
- William G. Anstee (b 1923);
- Barbara Anstee (b 1925); and
- Howard Anstee (b 1930).
In 1926 he attended his sister Marjorie‘s wedding in Mountain Ash (see ED 23) and in 1936 he attended the funeral of his aunt Annie Jenkins in Miskin. By the 1939 Register the family were living at 11 Miskin Terrace, Mountain Ash where he was working as a colliery blacksmith.
He died in 1971 in East Glamorgan.
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