Bertie Anstee, known as Bert, a member of the Marylebone Anstees, was born on 2 December 1894 in Marylebone to parents Edward Anstee and Caroline Busby. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Edward Charles Anstee, growing up living at 16 Henry Place, St Marylebone. He was still living there in the 1911 Census with his mother, an “errand boy at Dyers and Cleaners“.
We know fairly little of Bert’s World War One story as we cannot locate his Service Records. What we do know is that he enlisted for service on 21 February 1917, joining first the ‘5/ East Kent Regiment’ (Service Number: 5759) and later the ’11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment)’ (Service Number: GS/63904) as a Private.
We also know that according to ‘War Office Daily List No.5567‘ Report Date 16 May 1918 “Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) Private B. Anstee (63904) St Johns Wood” was wounded whilst serving overseas and thus entitled to wear a “Wound Stripe“. As a result of these wounds, Bert was discharged from service on 9 September 1918 having been issued a ‘Silver Badge’ on 7 September 1918.
From the above, we can be confident that Bert was wounded fighting on the Western Front in France in either the Battle of St Quentin in March 1918; The Battle of the Avre in April 1918; or The Second Battle of Villers-Brettoneux at the end of April 1918.
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After the war Bert returned to live in London. He was a railway employee in 1932 when he was executor to his brother’s will, and by the 1939 Register he was still unmarried, a “railway electrical” living at 54 Review Road, Dollis Hill, Willesden.
Bert died in 1956 in Uxbridge.
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