Edward Anstee (sometimes known as Edmund Anstee), a member of the Edlesborough Anstees, was born in Brackley, Northampton in q4 1837 to parents Joseph Anstee and Elizabeth Braggins; he was baptised on 23 December 1837 in Brackley.
[Note: His birth in q4 1837 has been incorrectly labelled as mother’s maiden name ‘Brickwood’ rather than ‘Braggins’ – we find no other ‘Anstee’/’Brickwood’ connection whatsoever so this must be incorrect]
On 4 January 1859 Edward signed up for active service with the Army at Westminster. On his Attestation Form he noted that he was aged 20; born in Northampton; and that he enlisted for a bounty of three pounds. He served “at home” in England from 5 January 1859 to 27 June 1859, then in the East Indies from 28 June 1859 to 17 December 1871, and finally “at home” again from 18 December 1871 to 21 August 1882 (some of which was served in Belfast) – for at least some of his service he was a “drummer” rather than a “Private“.
In the ‘1861 Worldwide Army Index’ Edward Anstee (Service Number: 2365 and Rank: Private) was a “European soldier serving in the Indian service but first mustered in 1862 following transfer to the British Establishment” and in 1862 he was located in Meerut (E.I.), India attached to the 104th Regiment Of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers). He was still with this regiment in 1871, by then at Allahabad, India.
On 12 September 1882 “Edward Anstee Service Number 2365” was discharged from “Infantry Brigade Depot (101st)” in Aldershot after “2 Period – on consequence of the termination of his second period of limited engagement“. [Note: The 104th and the 101st had been linked to each other in the 1870s]
Frankly speaking Edward’s 22 years of service was rather uneventful – he served in no campaigns and was not wounded, though his character overall was deemed “very good“.
Towards the end of his service, on 18 July 1879 in St Ames, Belfast, Edward married Jane Law – she was described at one point as “his next of kin and with the detachment“.
After his discharge, we lose track of Edward slightly. We believe that he remarried Emma Colly in 1884 in Camberwell, having no children with her. By 1901 they were living at 8, Oxford Terrace, Lewisham where Edmund was a “retired journalist” and by the 1911 Census they were living with a “grandson” Edwin Long (b 1895) at 285 Hither Green Lane Lewisham (Edmund indicated he was born in Syresham, Northants, which is very close to Brackley).
Edmund died in 1916 in Lewisham.
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