Harry John Anstee (IV 16)

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

IV 16. Harry John Anstee: He was born on 31 October 1881 in Cranfield to father John Anstee (IV 8). He married Ruby Kate Bedford (known as Kate – b 13 Aug 1887) in 1910 – the ‘Bedfordshire Times and Independent‘ 1 April 1910 edition reported “Cranfield: Marriage of Miss Kate Bedford. On Easter Monday at the Parish Church was solemnised the marriage of Miss Kate Bedford, daughter of Mr H. W. Bedford, to Mr Harry Anstee, son of Mr J. Anstee of Cranfield Mills. As the parents of both bride and bridegroom were well known to all in the district, considerable interest was shown and the church was filled with friends…best man was Mr A. Lambert. During the afternoon the happy pair left for Eastbourne where they are spending their honeymoon…“. They had children in Cranfield: 

  • Kathleen Margery Anstee (b 9 January 1911);
  • Barbara J. Anstee (b 1912);
  • Mamie E. Anstee (b 1914);
  • Ida N. Anstee (b 21 December 1917);
  • John H. Anstee (b 8 January 1919 – died fighting in World War Two – “ANSTEE.— In loving memory of our dear son and brother, John H. Anstee, killed in action in Burma. 24 January 1944. Asleep where, no shadows fall. Just waiting awhile.” —From Mum.- Dad, brothers, and sisters, 43 Broad Green, Cranfield. ANSTEE“);
  • Benjamin W. Anstee (b 2 November 1920 – became a builder, see below);
  • Amy R. Anstee (b 1923); and
  • Henry W. B. Anstee (b 13 May 1930)

He worked as a miller together with his father, running the family milling business ‘John Anstee and Son‘ in Cranfield. In the 1911 Census they were living at Broad Green, Cranfield with their eldest daughter.

He never served or was conscripted during World War One as he was in a certified occupation (miller). The ‘Bedfordshire Times and Independent‘ 20 September 1918 reported “The NSR applied for withdrawal of the conditional exemption granted to Harry John Anstee (33) Cranfield (I) miller…the Divisional Food Commissioner supported exemption until 16 March 1919 – Anstee [was told to] join Volunteers when a corps is formed in Cranfield“. The ‘North Bucks Times and County Observer‘ 24 September 1918 also noted “H. J. Anstee (35) Grade 1, Cranfield, was granted six months (certified occupation). Mr Jones put in a letter from the Divisional Food Officer to the effect that the man’s exemption was not to be challenged, and that he would so inform the ARO, Bedford”.

He took over the family business in 1926 when his father died – the ‘Bedfordshire Times and Independent’ 11 March 1927 reported “JOHN ANSTEE AND SON. —— NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Partnership subsisting between John Anstee [IV 8] late of Cranfield in the County of Bedford Miller and Farmer and Harry John Anstee of the same place Miller and Farmer carrying on business as Millers and Farmers at Canfield aforesaid under the style or firm of John Anstee & Son was dissolved by reason of the death of the said John Anstee on the 10th day of November 1926 and that the said Harry John Anstee will in future alone carry on the said business under the old style or firm. Dated this 7th day of March 1927. HARRY JOHN ANSTEE. WINIFRED ELLEN LAMBERT, Administrators of the said John Anstee Deceased

In the 1939 Register the family were still at Broad Green, Cranfield – he was a coal merchant. He died on 27 August 1961 still living at 43 Broad Green, Cranfield – effects to his son Benjamin William Anstee ‘builder’

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