See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Swanbourne Ansteys. 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 Swanbourne Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.
SW 58. Henry Morman Evelyn Anstee: Sometimes known as ‘Harry’, he was born on 2 April 1895 in Islington to parents Frederick William Anstee (SW 48) and Emily. He was a “Milliner for motor parts” in the 1911 Census living with his parents at 9 Roads Place Tollington Park N, Islington.
We believe very strongly, but seek formal confirmation, that Henry, as Harry, enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 10 March 1913 as a Private (Service Number: 10559). He was still serving with the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of World War One and thus entered the France Theatre of War with them on 12 August 1914, fighting in the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914, as well as the The Battle of the Marne in early September 1914 and The Battle of the Aisne beginning 13 September 1914, in which he was seriously wounded.
On 28 October 1914 the ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph‘ reported “The following wounded non-commissioned officers and men, not previously announced as wounded, are reported as being admitted to Home Hospitals: Charing Cross Hospital (under date September 21st)…Anstee 10559 Pte H. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment…“. This was confirmation of the Casualty List issued by the War Office on 21 September 1914 where he was listed as “wounded“.
On 1 May 1915 he was admitted to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital at Millbank, the information given being that he was “aged 20, a Private with the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 10559, first received injury/disease 14 September 1914 Lewsbury? of right foot“
Another source adds that his wound was a “gunshot wound right leg for which he was first hospitalised on 21 September 1914” whilst with ‘B’ Company of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, with additional notes “Discharged from hospital 18/05/1915. 7 Days S.F. Charing Cross Hospital. Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital 20/04/1915″; “Harry Anstee aged 20 Church of England” and “Additional time spent in other hospitals 10, 31, 30, 31, 31, 18.“
The injury was clearly very serious because he was discharged from service on 10 November 1915 and issued with a Silver War Badge on 3 November 1916 – at the time he was in Preston. For his services he was awarded the 1914 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.
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He married Sarah Jane Bagnall in q3 1918 in Birmingham, having children:
- Violet E. Anstee (b 1919 Holborn);
- Lucy Anstee (b 1921 Islington); and
- Benjamin F. Anstee (b 1931 Islington).
By the 1921 Census the family were living together in Islington. He died in 1938 in Islington, aged 43.
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