Arthur Edward Anstee (b 1881)

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

Arthur Edward [aka Edwin] Anstee, known as both Arthur and Edwin, a member of the Flamstead Anstees, was born on 25 January 1881 in Luton to parents Arthur Anstee and Emma Parkins (at the time of his birth his parents were living at 33 Ebenezer Street Luton per his birth certificate). He grew up living with his family at Duke Street, Luton, then in q1 1902 he married Clara Fisher in Luton, having children in Luton Arthur Sidney Anstee (b 4 July 1902, lived in Cairo in the 1930s and 1940s and has Anstee descendants alive in Australia today); William Ernest Anstee (b 1909); Olive C. Anstee (b 1916) and probably one other.

By the 1911 Census Arthur was working as a straw hat machinist, living with the family at 13 Hibbert Street Luton. By the 1914 Electoral Register, the family had moved to 100 Ashton Road, Luton.

During World War One Arthur joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service Number: 526022). Fortunately the ‘National Roll of the Great War‘ has an entry for him, stating “Anstee A. E. Private R. A. M. C. Joining in August 1916 on completion of his training he was drafted to Salonika and served on the Doiran and other Fronts. On cessation of hostilities he was attached to the Army in Constantinople until September 1919 when he was sent home and demobilised. He holds the General Service and Victory medals. 100 Ashton Road, Luton, Beds“.

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Arthur was back living with his family in Luton by the 1921 Census and by the 1939 Register he was a felt hat steamer living with his wife Clara at 92 Harcourt Street, Luton. Arthur died in 1958, still living in Luton

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