Eli Elisha Anstee (b 1892)

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

Eli Elisha Anstee, a member of the Flamstead Anstees, was born on 3 May 1892 in Luton to parents Arthur Anstee and Emma Parkins; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Arthur Edward Anstee. He grew up in Luton and in the 1911 Census he was working as a straw hat machinist, living with his parents at 6 Belmont Road, Luton. On 7 June 1913 at the Methodist Chapel, Church Street, Luton he married Emmeline Arnold (known as Emily) – to our knowledge they had only one child, Pamela M. Anstee (b 1931 Luton, died a child in 1936).

Just over a year after the outbreak of World War One, on 11 December 1915 in Luton, Eli signed up for active service. Per his Attestation Form, he was a milkman living at 74 Inkermann Street, Luton, aged 23 and married. He was sent to the Army Reserves and then on 8 April 1916 he was mobilised and posted to the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service Number: 131347) – Note: one source says he first mobilised at Biscot Camp in Luton on 4 March 1916.

Eli joined the British Expeditionary Forces in France in December 1916 and was posted to ‘4 Section 6 DAC‘ as a Driver. On 25 July 1918 he was transferred to 112th Battery of the 24th Brigade, rejoining the 3/6th DAC in August 1918.

On 2 April 1919 Eli was transferred to ‘HQ Midland D. A.‘ in Germany, and on 1 September 1919 in Liblar Germany, still a Driver with this unit of the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery, he confirmed that he had not been wounded during the conflict. He returned to England the following day and was demobilised.

For his services Eli was awarded the Victory and British War medals (physically received in October 1921) and he returned to live at 74 Inkermann Street, Luton.

At the time of the 1921 Census Eli and Emmeline were living in Luton and by the 1939 Register he was a dairy manager living with his wife at 459 Dunstable Road, Luton.

Emmeline died in 1958 in Luton, still living at 459 Dunstable Road – effects were to her husband Eli, a “retired warehouseman“. In 1960 he remarried to Ethel M. Hill in Luton. Eli died in 1967 in Luton.

Anybody who would like to add anything to this biography please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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