Frederick G. Anstee (b 1892)

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

Frederick G. Anstee, a member of the Thornborough Anstees, was born on 6 April 1892 in Stony Stratford to parents William Anstee and Fanny Adams; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes William Arthur Anstee and George Anstee. After growing up in Silver Street, Calverton (1901), he was living with his parents at 64 London Road, Stony Stratford in the 1911 Census, working as a ‘boay maker‘ at “L. & N. W. Railway Wolverton [London & North Western Railway]“.

We know very little about Frederick’s World War One story as we are unable to locate any Service or Medical records. What we have currently discovered is the following:

  • He joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service Number: M2/051448), probably in early 1915;
  • He entered the ‘Egypt’ Theatre of War on 26 November 1915;
  • In the 1918 ‘Absent Voter Lists‘ he was registered at 64 London Road, Calverton “Anstee Frederick M2/051448 Pte ASC” – ditto 1919;
  • By the 1919 Electoral Register he was confirmed as now living at 64 London Road Calverton, together with his brother George;
  • He was probably discharged on 27 July 1919; and
  • For his services he was awarded the 1915 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

[Note: the ‘Surrey Mirror‘ on 17 December 1915 contains a letter beginning “THE TRIP TO EGYPT. A Reigate lad. Pte. F. Anstee, A.S.C. (Mechanical Transport), writing from Alexandria…” – we only know one ‘F. Anstee’ in the Army Service Corps – though the ‘Reigate’ connection has us flummoxed]

Anybody who can elaborate on the above please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

Very soon after his discharge, in q4 1919, Frederick married Lucy Caroline Compton in Pottersbury and they had a single child (probably Kathleen M. Anstee born in 1922 in Aston, though we seek verification of this).

In the 1921 Census Frederick and Lucy were living in Pottersbury and by 1925 they were living at 35 Bedford Street, Wolverton. By 1931 they were at 33 Church Street, Wolverton and they were still there at the time of the 1939 Register, where Frederick was a wireless electrical dealer living with his wife and child.

Frederick was still living in Wolverton in 1954 when he attended his brother William’s funeral – “Mr and Mrs F. G. Anstee, Wolverton (brother and sister in law)” were among the mourners.

Lucy died in 1968 in Bodmin, Cornwall and Frederick passed away in 1980 in Truro.

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

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