Edward Charles Anstee (b 1892)

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

Edward Charles Anstee, a member of the Marylebone Anstees, was born on 16 June 1892 in Marylebone to parents Edward Anstee and Caroline Busby. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Bertie Anstee, growing up living at Henry Place, St Marylebone. On 18 January 1911 Edward decided to join the Royal Navy, signing up in Portsmouth for twelve years of service as a ‘Stoker’ (Service Number: K10164). At the time of his enlistment, he was an “engine cleaner” by trade.

By the 1911 Census Edward was confirmed as a ‘Stoker’, living at the Royal Navy Barracks, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth. In the first three years of his service, he served on ships HMS Victory II, HMS Renown, HMS Dryad and HMS Essex, but at the time of the outbreak of World War One, he was serving on HMS Cochrane  – the ship on which he would serve throughout the entirety of the conflict as a ‘Stoker 1st Class’ (including a total of 21 days in the ship’s cells for various light misdemeanours).

As such, Edward was involved in the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June 1916; he was also on board when HMS Cochrane “was based in Murmansk in mid-1918 during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. She became stranded in the River Mersey on 14 November 1918 and broke in two.

Presumably Edward was on shore leave when, according to the ‘Hastings and St Leonards Observer‘ 4 March 1916 edition, “The following ‘light’ cases were heard and except where otherwise stated the defendants were fined £1 1s…Edward Wallen and Edward Charles Anstee soldiers Robertson Terrace“.

In late 1918, after the end of official hostilities, Edward married Beatrice Clara Wood in Willesdon – we find no children from this marriage. He continued to serve out his twelve years with the Royal Navy, sailing on ships HMS Enchantress, HMS Victory II and HMS Tyrian between 1919 and 1921.

Whilst he was officially serving on HMS Tyrian, Edward died on 23 May 1921 from a “gastric ulcer and peritonitis whilst at home sick on shore“. He was buried at Willesden New Cemetery “ANSTEE E C age 28 died 23/05/1921 Stoker 1st Royal Navy H.M.S Tyrian United Kin K/10164 Willesden Q.925 Husband of Beatrice Clara Anstee of 123 Priory Park Rd, Kilburn, London

For his services during the war Edward was issued the 1914-15 Star medal (and his War Gratuity) while he was serving on HMS Enchantress in 1920. His Victory and British War medals were posthumously awarded to his widow, Beatrice.

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