Edward Anstee (1879-1917)

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

Edward Anstee, registered at birth as Edwin Anstee but known as Ted, a member of the Flamstead Anstees, was born in 1879 in Luton to parents Daniel Anstee and Mary Ann Burgess; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Horace Anstee.

Ted was baptised on 21 April 1881 in Luton (as Edwin), living at Duke Street, Luton in 1891 with his widowed mother. In 1900 in Luton he married Louisa Fox and they had a son Cyril Edward Anstee (b 1900, died 1907). In the 1901 Census the family were living at 83, Cowper Street, Luton where Ted was a straw hat blocker – they were still in Cowper Street, at number 17, in the 1911 Census.

A couple of years after the outbreak of World War One, in July 1916, Ted enlisted in Bedford as a Private (Service Number: 30849) joining the 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. He died on May 3rd, 1917, fighting with Company ‘D’ of the 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, during the unsuccessful British attack on Chérisy near Arras during the first day of the Third Battle of the Scarp, part of the April/May 1917 Battle of Arras in France.

The ‘National Roll of the Great War‘ has an entry for Ted, noting “ANSTEE E. Private 7th Bedfordshire Regiment. He joined in July 1916 and in the following November was drafted to France where he took part in several engagements. He was killed in action at Arras in May 1917 and was entitled to the General Service and Victory medals. 17 Cowper Street, Luton

Ted is commemorated on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial in Pas de Calais, France – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission adding “Husband of Louisa Anstee, of 17, Cowper St., Luton, Beds.

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