George Anstee (b 1897)

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

George Anstee, a member of the Thornborough Anstees, was born in q2 1897 in Stony Stratford to parents William Anstee and Fanny Adams; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes William Arthur Anstee and Frederick G. 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.

On 19 January 1914 the ‘Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press’ reported “Football in the Streets: Edward Pratt, William Clarke, Wm. Pratt, Harry Brook, Sidney Horluck, John Flint, George Anstee and Arthur Toombs, labourers, Stony Stratford, were summoned for playing football on the highway at Old Stratford, December 14th. All pleaded guilty. Superintendent Andrews said that the practice was a nuisance and the language used was abominable“.

We know bits and pieces about George’s World War One story despite being unable to locate any Service records. What we have currently discovered is the following:

  • He was called up for service in June 1916 with the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service Number: DM2/180032);
  • On 11 August 1918, whilst with No 1031 Company of the Army Service Corps, he was admitted to No. 21 Stationary Hospital (which as far as we know was was just to the north of Sarigol, Salonika) with “Malaria primary malignant tertian” – at this time he was “aged 21“; had been with the service 2 years and two months; and “with the field force” for 2 years (though see below);
  • On 7 November 1918, still with No 1031 Company of the Army Service Corps he was admitted to 28th General Hospital (in Salonika) with “Malaria (Rec)” – in this entry it indicated he had been with the service 2 years and six months; and “with the field force” for 6 months only (contrary to above);
  • On 31 December 1918 he was admitted to the troop ship ‘HMT Magdalena‘ from the 28th General Hospital – presumably taking him back to England;
  • In the 1918 ‘Absent Voter List‘, George (together with his brother Frederick) was registered at 64 London Road, Calverton, an “absent voter still on active military service“;
  • By 1919 he had returned home and was living at 64 London Road, Calverton with his parents William and Fanny; and
  • For his services George was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

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

The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 12 January 1923 reported “George Anstee lampmaker 64 London Road [and others] were summoned for gaming in a public place at Wolverton [playing ‘Put and Take’, a game invented by soldiers in the trenches during the war] – they all pleaded guilty and were fined 5s 6d each

George was still living at 64 London Road, Calverton with his parents in 1925 when he died of an unknown cause – as far as we know he never married or had children.

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

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